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RM10,000 cash relief and food aid for fire victims of Kg Kurnia Jaya: Christina Liew

Liew visiting the site of the fire incident at Kg Kurnia Jaya.

19 March 2022

By Wartawan Nabalu News

TAWAU: More than 1,300 residents of Kg Kurnia Jaya, Batu 4, Jalan Apas, who lost their homes in a huge fire on Thursday will be given RM10,000 cash relief and food aid.

Tawau MP Datuk Christina Liew, made the announcement during a visit on Friday to the site of the incident which destroyed about 700 squatter homes there.

Liew also visited the fire victims being accommodated at Surau Kg Hidayat and two government evacuation centres at Dewan Kg Hidayat and Dewan Kemas Kg Batu 4.

Liew, TY Fung and her team with some of the fire victims at the site of the temporary clinic at Kg Kurnia Jaya.

According to her, the Tawau Parliamentary People's Service Centre has set up a temporary clinic housed in tents near the site of the fire, in collaboration with Permai Polyclinics Tawau which is offering free health screening service to the victims.

Speaking to reporters after the visit, Liew urged the Government to give priority to the now homeless residents of Kg Kurnia Jaya in its People's Housing Programme or Program Perumahan Rakyat (PPR) this year.

"I will be writing to the Government on behalf of the people. The time has come for them to be settled in permanent homes, instead of continuing to live in temporary homes on stilts which are prone to fires," she said.

Liew visiting some of the fire victims housed at Surau Kg Hidayat.

Meanwhile, the Tawau MP expressed her appreciation to non-governmental organisations (NGOs) for extending the necessary assistance to the fire victims.

She was accompanied by the Tawau Parliamentary Chief Liaison Officer Fung Thin Yein, Liaison Officer Robert Penggai and People's Service Centre Executive Secretary Samuel Fung.

The Tawau and Fire Rescue Station (BBP Tawau) received a distress call at 4.45pm on Thursday, and the firefighters ended their operation only at 10.40pm after the raging fire was put under control at 9.37pm.

Liew thanked BBP Tawau, BBP Semporna, Bomba Komuniti Sri Kitingan, Marine Police, Police (PDRM), Civil Defence Corps (APM) and People's Volunteer Corps (RELA) for their involvement in the firefighting operation.

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