KINABATANGAN, Aug 2 — Over 400 villagers in Kampung Balat near here have been enjoying 24-hour electricity supply since last week through the Rural Electricity Supply Project.
Sabah deputy chief minister Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin, who is also Kinabatangan Member of Parliament (MP), said the project was first implemented in 2013 but faced various constraints before it could be fully completed, including problems of village restructuring and wiring.
“Previously, the villagers had to rely on the use of electricity generators or oil lamps. The 24-hour electricity supply not only provides comfort to the villagers but also enables them to generate income through various business activities they undertake,” he said in a statement today.
Meanwhile, Lamag Community Development leader Abu Bakar Gapar said a total of 76 houses received the electricity supply, involving 33 houses in the Sejahtera Mini Estate Programme (Mesej) and the remaining 43 houses in the restructured village.
Kampung Balat Development and Security Committee chairman Sharin Abdul Rauf said the round-the-clock electricity supply gave new life to the villagers, especially those who could not afford to buy generators.