Sikie (third left) during a visit to the project site at Sungai Arip.

KUCHING: The state government made it a point for rural dwellers to have a conducive living environment, said Native Laws and Customs Assistant Minister Datuk John Sikie Tayai.

He said the initiative by the state government in introducing the Sarawak Home Improvement Project for the Poor (PPRMS) is done for this purpose.

“PPRMS is an initiative by the state government under the leadership of Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg for communities in Sarawak to have a conducive living environment.

“Such projects are beneficial to the rural dwellers, especially in Kakus as there are longhouses there which are more than fifteen years old and are in need of construction supplies for these to be repaired,” he said.

Sikie made the comment when met during his visit to the rural transformation programme (RTP) project site at Sungai Arip, Selangau recently.

Among the places visited by him were RTP project sites for SK Iban Union, Selangau; Rumah Charli anak Adoh, Ulu Nunuk; and Rumah Bigat. He also visited the PPRMS project site at Rumah Nai and Rumah William Badi, Ulu Arip.

Also present were Selangau administrative officer Anyie Aweng and Sibu assistant engineer Minjon Simanding.