KUCHING: There is no immediate plan to set up a fire station each in Murum and Kabong due to the low fire occurrence in the constituencies, said Assistant Local Government Minister Datu Dr Penguang Manggil.
However, the Fire and Rescue Department is looking to revive the Fire Volunteer Unit at Sg Asap to act as first responder in the event of an occurrence of fire prior to the arrival of the fire brigade from the nearest location. He suggested that Kabong assemblyman Mohd Chee Kadir propose a similar arrangement for his constituency.
Penguang was responding to a question by Chukpai Ugon (BN-Murum) during the question-and-answer session in the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) yesterday.
The latter asked when the government would consider building a fire station in Murum, considering that eight longhouse fire incidents affecting 158 families had occurred since the local community moved to the Sg Asap, Koyan resettlement scheme in 1998 to make way for the building of the Bakun dam.
“The Fire and Rescue Department Malaysia has conducted a Fire Coverage Study in collaboration with Telekom Malaysia (TM) via the TM SmartMap Digital Map Application. Based on the study, the fire occurrence risk in Murum and Kabong is low, whereby the score is six.
“One of the criteria used by the Fire and Rescue Department is that the score must be above 10, in order to qualify for consideration to construct a fire station. Therefore, there is no immediate plan to set up a fire station in Murum and Kabong,” he explained.
Meanwhile, Assistant Minister for Urbanisation Datuk Talib Zulpilip responded to Irene Mary Chang Oi Ling (DAP-Bukit Assek) on the progress of the Kampung Datu Redevelopment Project.
Chang was enquiring on the time frame and budget to complete the project including the amount that had been spent. She was under the notion that the project seemed to have been halted.
Talib said the redevelopment project involved two areas – the first is developed by the private sector which is subjected to market demand, while another is undertaken by the government.
“In this regard, the implementation of the housing component for Kampung Datu Baru Redevelopment Project in Sibu is being carried out by Housing Development Corporation (HDC) whilst the overall development involving infrastructure works, site formation works, commercial buildings, community facilities, schools, etc are under Land Custody and Development Authority (LCDA). The site formation works for 208 housing lots had been completed,” he explained.
Talib added that Phase I of the housing component, covering the construction of 33 units detached houses, had commenced August last year and was currently progressing at 76 per cent against the scheduled 72 per cent and was expected to be completed in August this year.
He also said RM20 million had been approved under the 11th Malaysia Plan for the project and about RM11.2 million of the amount had been spent so far.