KUCHING: The Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) Batu Lintang Branch is committed to helping fire victims in Kampung Tabuan Dayak in applying for housing through the Housing Development Corporation (HDC).
According to its branch chairman Sih Hua Tong, they have assisted the victims in filling out the application forms for a house from HDC, which were being processed.
Earlier on May 7, a fire in Lorong 5, Kampung Tabuan Dayak, had severely impacted five families when their homes were almost 100 per cent destroyed by fire.
“For the time being, we hope that the victims will be able to continue working and will be prepared if their applications (for the flat units) are approved.
“Hopefully they are eligible at that time and have been able to find a permanent employment,” he told reporters after distributing donations to the victims in conjunction with Gawai Dayak celebration at Kampung Tabuan Dayak here, on Sunday.
Elaborating on the hire-purchase scheme (for the flat units), he said the victims were offered the opportunity to have a better purchase scheme and, presumably, also be qualified for a loan.
He said the fire victims would be allocated with flat units in the Demak Laut area.
“What matters now is that we want to assist them since they are in the recovery phase.
“They’d have to return to work, and those who were still in school would have to return to school.
“Today, we handed over some basic essential items, cooking gas cylinders and other items donated by us together with the Social Welfare Department (JKM), non-governmental organisations (NGOs) as well as Green Road Village Security and Development Committee (JKKK).
“Villagers and local residents have also extended their assistance to them,” he added.
All five families are currently renting in various locations as their homes were substantially damaged and uninhabitable.
Sih also advised members of the public to contact SUPP Batu Lintang or Kampung Tabuan Dayak village head if they are prepared to assist the families.
“Let us lend a hand to them. They have a large family, and all of their children are still in primary and secondary schools.
“I’m hoping they can start a new life and settle down as soon as possible,” he said.
Also present were Kapitan Tan Kok Chang and Kampung Tabuan Dayak village head Ongom Gudi.