Fatimah (centre) during the function at Batang Oya River.

KUCHING: A total of 27 cheques worth RM831,000 in Minor Rural Project (MRP) grants were presented to organisations in the Dalat constituency for activities and projects.

Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah said the cheques are part of the fifth phase of MRP for this year.

“Six of the cheques worth RM114,000 are to carry out programmes such as Dalat Champ, upgrading the SMK Dalat hall, and SMK Oya PTA (Parent Teacher Association) academic activities, as well as to the Dalat District Education Committee.

“With the funds given to the education committee, we hope we can find ways to help students who may not be able to catch up with their lessons because of Covid-19,” she said.

She said this when officiating at a gotong royong programme at the Batang Oya River at Dalat Waterfront on Saturday (Nov 28).

Fatimah said another four cheques worth RM43,000 are for upgrading a mosque at Kpg Medong Hilir and to carry out religious activities, as well as organising the Maulidur Rasul celebration.

Meanwhile, 17 other cheques are for ten villages and four Dalat welfare committee projects which is worth RM674,000.

On the MRP Sarawak Poor Home Improvement Programme (MRP-PPRMS), the Dalat assemblywoman said a total of RM1.959 million has been spent on repairing 174 houses in the constituency.

“On Nov 4, a meeting with the MRP-PPRMS committee consisting community leaders was held to assess and select eligible recipients for each village,” she said.

Fatimah said from the meeting, 42 houses were approved for renovation with 40 houses under the MRP-PPRMS programme and two more houses under the Dalat constituency Special Project.