One of the residents, Razali Ana (center), said many are praying hard that tomorrow's budget would bring good news to them. NSTP/SYAMSI SUHAIMI

GUA MUSANG: Having lived without electricity supply since 2010, some 100 families from three villages in Gua Musang here are hoping for good news in the 2020 Budget tomorrow.

One of the residents, Razali Ana, said many are praying hard that tomorrow's budget would bring good news to them.

“The families here have been depending on oil lamps to light their homes. We need to buy diesel to light the lamps.

“This is causing us hardship as we need to spend money to buy the fuel," said the 48-year-old labourer from Kampung Depok.

Razali, a father of nine, said that apart from Kampung Depok, the two other villages facing a similar predicament are Kampung Guling and Kampung Kingjing.

Meanwhile, Peninsular Malaysia Orang Asli Network chairman, Tijah Yok Chopil, hopes the government would in its budget focus on basic development involving the Orang Asli.

Tijqh said basic development projects such as clean water supply, upgrading of village clinics and road repairs should be given priority, as well as providing seeds and fertilisers so that the community could carry out agricultural activities to generate income.

She also suggested a monitoring body be set up to oversee the budget that would be allocated to the indigenous people next year so that it could be managed properly.

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