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Kudos to Sheda for proposal

BINTULU: The proposal by Sarawak Housing and Real Estate Developers’ Association (Sheda) Bintulu to set up a new township under the low and affordable housing scheme has been complimented by Housing Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg as a brilliant idea.

“Every contractor will contribute their part to give certain developers certain areas, meaning the whole township will be developed by the whole Sheda members here based on their own consensus.

“This is a very brilliant approach, an improvement by developers on the aspect of housing development. Bintulu will become a role model for other developers in other divisions, there is no such approach being taken in other places so far,” he said after officiating at the Sheda Bintulu liaison office opening ceremony on the top floor of Esplanade Restaurant along the Bintulu Promenade on Tuesday.

According to Johari, the proposal would be discussed further with his ministry, Sheda and Ministry of Resource Planning and Environment, adding that this would be a new formula compared to the conventional way of building and developing low cost and affordable housing areas.

“This indeed is a new approach of mixed development, where we don’t differentiate between the low and high income group because the facilities are the same, while the price is controlled by the government,” he said.

Meanwhile, he said a suitable area would be identified in Bintulu for affordable housing like 15-storey apartments that come along with complete facilities.

Also present were Sheda vice president and Bintulu branch liaison chairman Troy Yaw Chee Weng, Assistant Minister of Housing Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, Sarawak Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Datuk Abang Abdul Karim Tun Openg, Regional Corridor Development Authority (Recoda) chief executive officer Datuk Amar Wilson Baya Dandot, Temenggong Barry Yek and Bintulu Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry chairman Pemanca Dr Francis Toh.-BP


Make sure Samalaju cholera free, Dr Jerip tells Health Dept

Assistant Minister of Local Government and Community Development (Public Health) Dr Jerip Susil

BINTULU: The Health Department has been directed to ensure that the cholera outbreak here does not spread to Samalaju Industrial Park.

Assistant Minister of Local Government and Community Development (Public Health) Dr Jerip Susil said the state government could not afford to have such an outbreak in Samalaju as it could hamper development in the area.

“Samalaju Industrial Park should be protected from all (health) threats at all cost as it is the new national industrial area.

“We do not want Samalaju to be infected, and I am pleased that it has remained free from the disease thus far,” he said after being briefed on the cholera outbreak by Bintulu Divisional Health officer Dr Azlee Ayub here yesterday.

Also present were Bintulu Resident Muhamad Yakup Kari, state Health Department consultant epidemiologist Datu Dr Andrew Kiyu and state Health Department deputy director of health services (public health) Dr Jamilah Hashim.

Dr Jerip said all workers in Samalaju must be advised to be very careful when they buy food, especially from Bintulu town.

“We will protect Bintulu at all cost because once it (cholera) goes to Samalaju it will be a disaster.”

Muhamad Yakup said priority should be given to Samalaju as it would attract national attention and slow down progress in the area.

Thus far, the Health Department had screened two canteen operators in the area for cholera and they showed no signs of infection. However close monitoring and surveillance would be conducted in collaboration with the medical teams of the respective companies.

Dr Azlee said as of yesterday the cholera outbreak was still confined to Bintulu division only, but regular inspections and monitoring would be carried out in other divisions.




Ministry announces ceiling prices of 18 controlled items for Bintulu division

BINTULU: Some 18 food items have been placed under the price control scheme for Hari Raya Aidilfitri from Aug 12 to 26.

Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Bintulu enforcement chief Mohamad Drahman said all traders here must put pink price tags on the price-controlled items to distinguish them from other goods.

He warned them not to sell the items above the ceiling price, failing which they would be punished under the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011.

“Our enforcement officers and price monitoring officers will be stationed at several locations to ensure that all the regulations are complied with,” said Mohamad on Tuesday.

The ceiling price per kg for the items in Bintulu, Tatau and Sebauh are: live chicken (RM6.70), standard chicken (RM8.50), super chicken (RM9.50), imported beef (RM24), local buffalo meat (RM23), Indonesia and China cabbage – excluding Beijing (RM3.00), red chilli (RM12), tomato (RM6), whole/ grated coconut (RM4.50), imported groundnut (RM6.50), Indian shallots (RM5.50), imported onion (RM6.00), China garlic (RM7.50), China potato (RM3.50) and Indian Mackarel (RM9) while grade A eggs are 36 sen each, Grade B (35 sen each) and Grade C (34 sen each).

For enquiries or complaints call Bintulu office at 086-332176.