Sunday, May 26

Meeting to discuss relocating fire victims


Uda (third from right) hands over the donation to a representative of the fire victims.

KOTA KINABALU: The Putatan district natural disaster committee will be having a meeting today to discuss relocating the Kampung Pasir Putih fire victims.

According to Petagas assemblyman Datuk Uda Sulai, the meeting will also be discussing how long the multi-purpose hall will be used as the temporary relief centre for the 78 families who lost their homes in the fire last Friday.

“As for now the victims of the fire can still use the multi-purpose hall as their temporary shelter. The committee will decide in the best interest of these families,” said the assistant minister of Law and Native Affairs yesterday.

Uda was among the entourage of state assistant ministers and elected representatives from Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) who visited the victims at the temporary shelter in Putatan.

They also handed out donations in cash and kinds.

Meanwhile, Assistant Minister to the Chief Minister Arifin Asgali when met by the media said the state government will assist those who lost their identification documents in the fire.

“Many of them were unable to save their belongings as they were either at work or at Friday prayers.

We will make sure that the Chief Minister’s Department which is managing the victims will assist those who lost their identification documents,” he said.

Assistant Education and Innovation Minister Jenifer Lasimbang added that the ministry had recorded the number of students who were affected by the fire.

“There are 50 students in primary and secondary schools and the State Education Department has submitted its report so that they will be able to attend school,” she said and applauded the department’s swift action on the matter.

Also in the entourage were Assistant Health and Wellbeing Minister Norazlina Arif, Assistant Agriculture and Food Industry Minister Dr Daud Yusuf, Assistant Trade and Industry Minister Azhar Matussin, Assistant Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Assaffal P. Alian and Papar Member of Parliament Ahmad Hassan.

Jenifer chats with one of the fire victims.