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‘Upgrade dilapidated govt quarters’
Tarikh : 12 Oct 2018  Sumber Berita:

October 12, 2018, Friday Matthew Umpang,

Azih (seated, centre) seen during the press conference at Sarawak IPK yesterday.

Azih (seated, centre) seen during the press conference at Sarawak IPK yesterday.

KUCHING: Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Services (Cuepacs) has suggested that government quarters in Sarawak and Sabah be improved as most of such quarters are in dilapidated state.

According to Cuepacs president Datuk Azih Muda, who spoke to reporters at the Sarawak Contingent Police Headquarters (IPK) at Jalan Badruddin here yesterday, most of the quarters are in need of urgent attention. He hoped that the government would give priority in repairing and upgrading dilapidated civil staff quarters in the 2019 Budget.

“We found out that most of the quarters are unsuitable to live in. This could be due to many reasons such as maintenance issues,” he said at a press conference after attending a briefing session on issues in the civil service at Sarawak IPK.

Azih commented the federal government should examine the problems and allocate funds to solve them.

He said if the problems were not solved, they could cause frustration among civil servants, who have had their housing allowance and cost of living allowance (Cola) reduced.

He gave an example in Bintulu whereby the cost to rent a house can reach RM3,000 a month and RM800 for a room.

“Hence, we are very hopeful that the allocation for repairing government quarters can be considered because by repairing these quarters, it will reduce the costs that civil servants have to bear,” he said.

Azih said he had visited some of the civil servants’ quarters in Sarawak and Sabah to see the problem.

“These civil servants are also having a hard time to buy houses as they cannot afford them.

“Various charges and fees have made it difficult for government servants to buy a house too,” he said.

Thus, Azih urged the government to review its home ownership policy to ensure more people in the medium- and low-income group could own a home.