PM, wife and state lead­ers go on a walk­a­bout in San­dakan

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SAN­DAKAN: Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak and his wife, Datin Seri Ros­mah Man­sor, yes­ter­day min­gled with towns­folk dur­ing their walk­a­bout here yes­ter­day.

They were ac­com­pa­nied by Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Musa Aman and state lead­ers at Har­bour City.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic took pho­tos and videos of Na­jib as he walked along Pryer Road.

As part of his walk­a­bout, Na­jib launched the “I Love San­dakan” land­mark logo near Har­bour Mall.

He said plans were un­der way to ex­pand the run­way of San­dakan Air­port to ac­com­mo­date big­ger air­craft.

“I will launch the run­way ex­ten­sion project on my next visit here,” he said.

With the ex­ten­sion, he said, big air­craft, such as an Air­bus 330, could land, al­low­ing cer­tain flights, es­pe­cially from China, to fly here.

He said this would be pos­i­tive for the econ­omy of the district and boost tourism in Sabah.

Mean­while, some vil­lagers in Lu­pak Meluas be­came home­own­ers af­ter the RM32 mil­lion Peo­ple’s Hous­ing Project (PPR) in Ta­man Batu Sapi was launched by Na­jib ear­lier yes­ter­day.

Vil­lager Roselina Ab­dul Ma­jid, 34, said she had been dream­ing of own­ing a house and was happy to be el­i­gi­ble for a PPR home.

“Rent is ex­pen­sive, and the cheap­est is around RM500 a month.

“Com­ing from the low-in­come group, it is a bur­den as I have three chil­dren to raise.

“The scheme al­lows us to own a house and pay less than RM200 a month,” she said.

She was among 10 oth­ers in Ta­man Batu Sapi PPR who re­ceived a mock key from Na­jib at the launch cer­e­mony.

Amir Hamjin Is­mail, 68, said his fam­ily had been wait­ing to move into a new house af­ter living in a squat­ter set­tle­ment for over 30 years.

“Al­though we do not have to pay rent at the set­tle­ment, I think a PPR house is bet­ter as there are fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing a play­ground and pub­lic hall.

“I am sure my wife and six chil­dren will en­joy living in a safer en­vi­ron­ment,” he said.

Adam Amin, 49, said some vil­lagers were home­less due to fire in 1995 and 2013 and had to live in rel­a­tives’ houses.

He said PPR was an op­por­tu­nity for them to own a house.

Ta­man Batu Sapi PPR has a li­brary, com­puter room, mosque and kinder­garten.

PIC BY MALAI ROS­MAH TUAH

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak and Sabah Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Musa Aman (cen­tre, with blue cap), with some of the PPR home­own­ers in San­dakan yes­ter­day.

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