Awang Tengah (front row, 5th left) with the TOL recipients.

BINTULU: The Sarawak government has always prioritised development for the wellbeing of the people, especially those in rural areas, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan.

Citing the implementation of the Village Expansion Scheme (SPK), he said since the 4th Malaysia Plan, a total of 121 resettlement schemes (SPS) had been implemented involving 26,136 residential lots, and 198 SPK involving 22,672 lots.

“Via these two schemes, Sarawak has provided a total of 48,808 residential lots statewide, especially in rural areas.”

SPK provides residential lots with basic facilities and infrastructure, including road access, clean water and electricity supply.

Speaking at the handover of Temporary Occupation Licence (TOL) for the SPK of Kampung Penan, Jambatan Suai here today, Awang Tengah added the state government had also introduced a new policy on the provision of infrastructure and better specifications for SPK and SPS such as tar-sealed roads, concrete drains, water and electricity supply besides lot piling.  

The cost would be borne by the state government, he pointed out.

Awang Tengah also talked about other initiatives such as the reduction of premium by 50 percent for lots under the relocation and village extension scheme statewide.

“Lots under the relocation and village extension scheme are to be released at RM2,500 per lot,” he said.

Kampung Penan Suai is located about 125km from Miri City.

At the event, Awang Tengah presented 75 TOLs to four villages in the area.

Also present were Utilities Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom, Assistant Urban Development and Resources Minister, Datuk Len Talif Salleh, Land and Survey assistant director, Unus Tambi and acting Miri Resident, Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusuf.