KOTA KINABALU (February 10): The Kibabaig Public Housing Project (PPR) in Penampang will be completed in June 2022.
MP for Kapayan, Jannie Lasimbang, said she had received an explanation that additional works needed to be carried out and that the long-awaited completion of the additional works on the PPR Kibabaig was now due to take place in June 2022.
She said that on January 28, 2022, she and her staff from the Kapayan Assembly Member Liaison Center visited Kibabaig PPR with representatives from the Federal Ministry of Housing and Local Government, Penampang District Council and Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) to discuss the delay in completing the PPR.
Jannie said she lobbied the government to speed up the final completion of this housing project consisting of eight blocks with 760 units.
The project was originally due to be submitted by the federal ministry in June 2016.
During the briefing and site inspection, the ministry’s senior deputy director, Mohd Arzaleigh Abdul Rahman, said the additional crucial work was now in its final stages.
Among the causes of the delay in occupying the six blocks was the theft of electrical cables resulting in huge losses. However, the federal ministry has already provided funds for a better security service.
Apart from this, the road leading to the PPR from the main Kibabaig road is also nearing completion.
Nonetheless, the delay will not impact the planned completion and occupancy of the blocks in June, Jannie was told.
“I also see that the surroundings of the unoccupied PPR blocks are not well maintained and the shrubs must be cleared. I have urged the Federal Department of Housing and Local Government to provide additional funding to allow for regular maintenance of the surrounding area while other necessary works are completed,” Jannie said.
“There are also issues due to a landslide near Block A, which I hope the Public Works Department will inspect and offer solutions as soon as possible,” she added.
Penampang District Council Officer Riduwan Darasin has informed that 14 approved candidates have received offer letters and been allowed to move into the existing occupied blocks of G and H.
Riduwan also said that the approved list of people that was completed in 2019 will remain unchanged and people should not worry about not getting their units.
“I thank the Penampang District Council, especially Mr. Riduwan for arranging this visit to the PPR. I also appreciate the commitment of the Principal Deputy Director of the Federal Ministry of Housing and Local Government, Mohd Arzaleigh Abdul Rahman, to endeavor to complete the additional works expeditiously and to ensure that the Public Housing Project (PPR ) is safe and ready to be occupied.
“I call on all applicants to put up with the delays a bit more. I hope that the GRS (Gabungan Rakyat Sabah) government, especially the Sabah Ministry of Local Government and Housing, will continue to follow this project and to secure the occupation of the empty blocks in June this year as it was long awaited by many people.”