Thursday, October 22

Extension scheme to prioritise Segedup, Sg Maong folk

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Abang Johari presents a cheque to one of the landowners. Also seen are Awang Tengah (left) and Abdullah. — Photo by Chimon Upon

KUCHING: The proposed Kampung Segedup Extension Scheme will give priority to Segedup and Sungai Maong area residents to own affordable houses, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

He said those who live in Kampung Kudei might also be given priority depending on the availability of units.

Abang Johari said the Kampung Segedup Extension scheme is one of the state government’s ways to give the local community opportunities to own affordable homes in the urban area.

“If there is any unit left after that, then people from outside Segedup, Sungai Maong, and Kudei can apply for it,” he said during the handing over of compensation yesterday.

Abang Johari said the government had acquired land that belonged to the communities in the area to build affordable homes for the people.

He said the land would be divided into 297 lots, for the same number of houses.

The site is located between Kampung Segedup and Sungai Maong, he said adding that roads would be built to connect the area to Kampung Segedup, to Kampung Sungai Maong, and to E-Mart in Matang.

“This Kampung Extension Scheme will not only make Kampung Sungai Maong and Kampung Segedup a big village but a first-class Kampung Extension Scheme.

“By developing the area and connecting them with good roads, Sungai Maong-Segedup area will be on par with the areas in Matang, very well organised and equipped with good infrastructure and facilities,” he said.

The chief minister said the development of the Kampung Extension Scheme at Kampung Segedup will cost about RM85 million.

He said the landowners affected by the acquisition were compensated based on the current market price of the land.

About RM25.7 million in compensation was paid out to 28 recipients, whose lands had been acquired for the project.

The payment is part of the total compensation of RM37.8 million, where the first payment of about RM12 million was paid last year.

Deputy Minister Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan and Land and Survey Department director Abdullah Julaihi were also present.