RM138,750 aid for longhouse fire victims

Chukpai (standing) speaking to the villagers at Uma Seping Long Koyan.

KUCHING: Fire victims of a longhouse at Uma Seping Long Koyan, Sg Belaga heaved a sigh of relief after receiving financial assistance amounting to RM138,750 from the Sarawak Social Welfare Department (JKMS).

The longhouse was razed by fire on July 21, affecting 13 of its doors.

Murum assemblyman Kennedy Chukpai Ugon said the financial aid will be distributed to 14 household heads.

“I hope that the assistance could ease the financial burden of the affected families,” he said during the handover ceremony of the financial assistance on Monday (Oct 25).

Among those present at the handover ceremony were Political Secretary to the Chief Minister, Michael Mujah Lihan and JKMS Kapit division social welfare officer Dariel Thiong Yiew Seng.

Following that, Chukpai also visited the construction site of the new longhouse.

“This will be the location to build a new longhouse for the families as well as for those who will be relocated from the old village which is often affected by flood every year.

“The new site is located in a relatively high area compared to the existing village location,” he said.

Chukpai (second right, second row) at the construction site of the new longhouse.