Jamilah (third left) presents the grant to a JKKK representative.

KUCHING: A total of sixteen village safety and development committees (JKKKs) in the Sematan zone of Tanjung Datu constituency received grants worth RM24,000 to ensure the cleanliness of their respective villages.

In announcing the grants, Tanjung Datu assemblywoman Datuk Amar Jamilah Anu said the grants would be used for buying cleaning equipment and supplies.

“There should be no more excuses such as waiting for the government to ensure the cleanliness of the village. After this (grant presentation), I want to see that the villages, community halls and religious houses are kept clean.

“(The funds) can be used to buy brooms and to pay for residents to help clean the village. Use it well,” she said when officiating at a ceremony to present the grants at Kampung Telok Melano on Friday.

Jamilah said the programme which was held to present cleanliness grants in the Sematan zone will continue in two other zones; Lundu and Sampadi.

“This programme started in Telok Melano because this village has always been a tourist attraction and is located on the border with Indonesia, so I want to be the first to inculcate this new norm.

“At this time, we are also grateful that our Lundu district officer is in the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC).

“We must take care of our district so that it is no longer yellow (in terms of Covid-19 cases) and always take care of ourselves and our families,” she said.

At the ceremony, Jamilah and Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Tanjung Datu Youth chief Azizul Annuar Adenan handed over ‘Asnaf’ (Beneficiaries of zakat) kits to the Telok Melano PBB branch to be given to those in need.

Jamilah also inspected the Telok Melano Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) Complex and announced that two units of solar poles and two transmitter lights worth RM17,000 will be given to the CIQ.

Also present was Lundu district officer Gustian Durani and other community leaders.