TEMERLOH: A total of 105 Orang Asli households in Kampung Paya Sendayan will soon get to enjoy clean piped water under a community project initiated by Rotary Club of Temerloh.
The initiative was also supported by Maran Road Sawmill Sdn Bhd and rotary clubs of Ampang, Petaling Jaya, Sri Petaling and Bukit Bintang.
Club president Patrick Lim said they had successfully carried out a similar programme over the last two years in other Orang Asli villages in mukim Lipat Kajang, central Pahang.
He said most of these villages were on the fringes of the jungle and lacked basic amenities.
“Their houses are scattered, without a proper layout plan and the water pipes are situated at the main access roads to the villages.
“As such, these villagers need some funding in order to lay pipes with water meters and small water tanks to each household, ” he said after leading a delegation to visit the villagers.
Among them were club vice-president Datuk Hiang A Li, public relations director Datuk Seiko Chew Kim Pong, representatives from the sawmill company and Rotarians from Rotary International District 3300.
Hiang hoped the project would help to transform, uplift and improve the quality of life for the Orang Asli villagers there.
He added that such programmes would be carried out every year so that more Orang Asli villagers would benefit in the long run.
Chew said the average cost to instal PVC water pipes, a water tank and a water meter was about RM2,200 per house.
“To complete the installation for all the 105 houses will cost about RM232,000.
“The project will be carried out in two phases, ” he said, adding that work on the first phase involving 25 houses has started while work on the remaining 80 houses will start later.
He called upon more companies and individuals to chip in and contribute towards the worthy cause.
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