1. USE RM100 MIL JKKK ALLOCATION TO PROMOTE COMMUNAL ACTIVITIES IN VILLAGES
The Sarawak government has always recognized the important role and contribution of the Village Development and Security Committee (JKKK) as a grassroots tool in helping to ensure the safety and prosperity of the villages in the state.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Zohari Tun Abang Haji Openg had earlier announced the allocation of 100 million Ringgit to the JKKK in his Sarawak Budget 2020 speech on Monday.
Therefore, he hoped that this allocation could be used by the representatives of the JKKK to carry out various activities for the benefit of the community, including for safety and socio-cultural purposes in the village.
He said this when asked by reporters after conducting a Remembrance Ceremony in conjunction with the N8 Satok Maulidur Rasul Celebration at Dewan Merpati Jepang, Jalan Datuk Ajibah Abol in Kuching, today.
N8 Satok Bureau of Religion Chairman Tuan Haji Hilmy Othman said the Maulidur Rasul celebration at N8 Satok is aimed to relive the atmosphere of celebrations in villages of olden times.
Rithy further said such Malay cultural traditions such as this must be constantly practiced by younger groups so as not to fade in the passage of time.
2. ‘JALAN TIKUS’ IN SARAWAK EASES SMUGGLING ABROAD
As of September, 2.3 million Ringgit worth of subsidized goods to be smuggled abroad have been seized.
According to the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) enforcement director Datuk Iskandar Halim Sulaiman, smuggling in the state is often perpetrated by individuals seeking a source of income.
He said at a press conference in Kuching yesterday that “jalan tikus” or rat runs are the main choice for smugglers to carry out smuggling of subsidized goods.
This, he explained, was because the roads are located near the border, which makes it easier for them to meet the high demand for subsidized goods from neighboring countries.
He explained integrated operations will be conducted more frequently to curb smuggling and flow of subsidized goods overseas.
3. SCCS REMAINS STEADFAST IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CHILD CANCER
The Sarawak Children’s Cancer Society (SCCS) has helped 1,350 families whose children suffer from cancer since the society’s inception in 2001.
SCCS treasurer Gary Ho said for this cause, the society has been spending some 1.5 million Ringgit every year not only to help and subsidize treatments for these children, but also to create awareness about the disease and how it affects children and their families.
On top of that, he said SCCS also contributed to the research, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure for cancer among children aged 18 and below.
He was speaking to reporters after flagging off the Colour Rush 2019 Children’s Cancer Awareness Run at Saradise in Kuching this morning.
He said the society had organised various social events such as the Colour Rush Run with the main goal of getting more youths to be involved in charity work and to raise awareness.