MATUNGGONG: Villagers of Kg Teringai Darat and Kg Rondomon will soon move into their new long houses.
Minister of Energy Green Technology and Water Datuk Seri Panglima Dr. Maximus Ongkili who is also the Kota Marudu MP, paid a visit to the two on-going projects where concrete longhouses would replace the old tranditional wooden houses, expected to be completed this year.
The long houses comprising 15 doors each, was part of the Barisan National (BN) endeavour to improve the housing of the rural communities here, he said, adding that the project to replace dilapidated longhouses started in 2012.
As of today, 19 wooden longhouses have been replaced with semi-concrete, two-storey structures while three traditional wooden longhouses have been repaired in the Matunggong sub-district and Kota Marudu district.
“Once these remaining two projects are completed, we will continue to rebuild more of the longhouses as there are many requests from the people in the Kota Marudu constituency as well as Matunggong. The people here still prefer to live as a close-knit community ,” he said.
Meanwhile Maximus told the people that they could take advantage of the Government’s interest-free loan to build longhouses. RM30 million had been allocated for Sabah this year.
He suggested that villagers should come together and apply for the interest-free loan especially the young, working people.
Details of the scheme are being finalised with the relevant state authority, he said, and urged the young people with stable jobs who wish to live in the longhouse to take advantage of the Government aid. – Sayangsabah