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Wednesday May 8, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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All smiles: Jimah switching on a light at her house in Kampung Pos Raya.
JIMAH Intan used to sleep at about 8pm every night.
The orang asli villager had no choice, as her house in Kampung Pos Raya did not have electricity, plunging her house in darkness once the sun set.
“When we finally began receiving electricity in April, it changed our lives completely.
“The lights enabled us to carry out activities such as reading and doing household chores at night, while the fan kept us cool in the afternoons.
“We have also picked up the habit of watching television at night, which has pushed our sleeping hours to about 11pm,” she joked.
Jimah’s house was one of about 12 houses at Kampung Pos Raya which began receiving electricity in April as part of a programme by the State Orang Asli Development Department (Jakoa).
Kampung Pos Raya tok batin Ayob Alang said the arrival of electricity in the village had changed the lives of everyone there.
“Before this, we had to rely on candles and oil lamps as light sources, which severely limited the number of things we could do at night.
“Now, with electricity, the villagers’ quality of life has improved and our children can also study better.
“I hope the remaining 17 houses in the village will receive electricity supply before the end of this year so that they can enjoy the privileges too,” he said.
State Jakoa director Mohd Zamri Mustajap said Kampung Pos Raya was only one out of 10 villages in the area surrounding the Simpang Pulai-Cameron Highlands road that were set to receive electricity.
“Besides Kampung Pos Raya, we will connect Kampung Kerawat, Kampung Lalang, Kampung Pos Slim and a few others to the power grid in stages.
“The project, which is slated to be completed by the end of this year, will affect about 600 houses,” he said after launching the electrical supply on Friday.
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