New longhouse planned on higher ground to avoid flooding in Sibu village


Wong (in yellow shirt) visiting longhouses on a longboat.

FOR years, Rumah Gendang residents in Sungai Assan, Sibu in Sarawak, have had to put up with frequent flooding.

But that will be a thing of the past as a new longhouse will be built for them on higher ground.

Dudong SUPP chairman Wong Ching Yong along with the Sarawak Premier’s political secretary William Anut attended a groundbreaking ceremony for the new longhouse in Sungai Assan Tengah.

They also presented a loan offer letter for RM700,000 from Sarawak Housing Development Corporation (HDC) to the longhouse chief for the construction.

“The new 14-door longhouse will benefit residents as they experience flooding during the rainy season at their current site,” said Wong.

He later visited Rumah Anthony, also in Sungai Assan, to find out why their loan application was rejected by HDC and he promised to look into the matter.

Wong, who is also Sibu Rural District Council deputy chairman, said he had helped 20 longhouse communities get HDC loans, amounting to almost RM10mil.

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