Mulu communities receive government grants, fire relief aid

Gerawat (seventh left) posing with the MRP grant recipients for a group photo.

MIRI: Various associations and longhouses in the Mulu constituency have received Minor Rural Project (MRP) grants amounting to RM85,000 and fire relief assistance amounting to RM18,000.

The handover of the relief and grants was conducted by Mulu assemblyman Datuk Gerawat Gala at Miri Airport recently.

In his speech, Gerawat indicated that the MRP grants would be allocated to a few longhouses in the Upper Baram region of Mulu,

specifically village security and development committee (JKKK) of Kampung Lio Mato Baram (RM20,000); BEM Airport Road (RM30,000); Persatuan Masyarakat Saban Miri (RM10,000); JKKK Long Panai, Tutoh (RM10,000); and JKKK Pa’Lungan (RM15,000).

He explained that the grants were to help the communities to meet their daily needs and that similar grants would be issued from time to time as the region which a big Orang Ulu ethnic group has limited yearly allocations.

Gerawat went on to express his hope that committee members would utilise these grants wisely for the development of facilities and to meet needs in their respective longhouses.

At the same time, he urged them to also be more prudent in their financial spending in order to ensure that the top priority would be given to the essential needs of their communities, and to work closer with the government in order to alleviate the struggles and problems faced by them.

During the handover of the RM18,000 fire relief asisstance, Gerawat highlighted that it was mainly for the Long Seridan fire victims and included an additional donation of RM2,147 in cash which was collected by the Kayan community during their recent Family Day celebration held in Miri.

“The cash was handed over to me by YB Dennis Ngau (Telang Usan assemblyman) and I wish to thank the Kayan community for their concern and readiness to help others which shows that the Orang Ulu communities are united and working together, “he said to The Borneo Post.

Also present during the handing over of the grants and fire relief were PBB Mulu youth chief Usat Bilong, private secretary and special officer for Datuk Gerawat, Harry Harold who is also PBB Bario chief and villages chiefs of the longhouses involved.

Source: The Borneo Post

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