Lee (4th right, front row) posing for a group photo with residents in Tudan Desaras Phase 6.

MIRI: Minister for Transport Datuk Lee Kim Shin, today went for an inspection to Additional Late Applicant Fund (ALAF) recipients at Kpg Damai Jaya and Tudan Desaras 6.

The ALAF was launched by Ministry of Utilities in line with the state’s target of 100 percent electricity coverage by 2025. 

It is Sarawak government’s effort to ensure that all the rakyat are provided with 24 hours of electricity supply. 

There are two categories for ALAF, namely one is for those who are left out of the Rural Electrification Scheme (RES) and the other category is for those who have built their houses after the RES was implemented.

A total of 63 households from Tudan Desaras, Kpg Senadin Jaya and Kpg Damai Jaya are benefitting from the first phase of ALAF worth RM320,000 to get electricity connected to their homes. 

For the second phase, RM2 million was allocated for a total of 396 houses in the same area. 

Sarawak Energy Berhad is in progress to do installation for the second phase. 

The applications from all these 459 households were submitted to district office by Community Service Centre of DUN Senadin.

The district office will then forward the applications to the Ministry of Utilities. 

Lee has expressed his appreciation to Sarawak government led by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg for the allocation for rural electrification via ALAF, particularly in Senadin constituency. 

“Many of the people here have been waiting for years for the electricity to be connected to their homes,” he said.

In addition, Lee also urged SEB to speed up the installation process for second phase. 

He hoped that all households would have their 24 hours of electricity supply by the end of this year. 

Lee also thanked the SEB regional manager Tan Joo Kok for the effort in implementing the project and trying to finish the project by the end of this year as it was delayed due to Covid -19 pandemic.