Generators for Tutong converts

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

FOUR new Muslim converts received new generators from the Islamic Dakwah Centre yesterday.

The families live in remote villages in Tutong District which do not have access to electricity.

The donations aimed to ease their living condition for the upcoming fasting month of Ramadhan.

Acting assistant director of Islamic Dakwah Centre Abd Aziz Hj Abd Kahar said the generators were a faster and more cost-effective solution than installing electrical cable.

“It would require more work to be done to complete the (cable) installation. That would make them wait longer, but we want to quickly supply them with electricity.”

He advised the recipients to use the diesel-fueled generators wisely following a query on the fuel expenses.

“Depending on the usage, $10 of diesel patrol can generate electricity for a week,” he said.

Recipient Nur Salamah Abdullah Puteh said she has been living without electricity at her house in Kg Rambai since 2009. She embraced Islam in September last year.

“I lived with my sister from 2007 to 2009 after my late husband passed away in 2007,” the 55-year-old said.

“As there is insufficient space at my sister’s house, my youngest daughter and I had to live in a small house at Kg Rambai.”

The Dusun woman said she had lived with her late husband at Kg Baru, Seria for around 30 years.

“My daughter, her husband and my granddaughter have been living with me without electricity since we were forced out of my sister’s house,” said Nur Salamah.

The Conversion and Guidance Unit confirmed that her house has no electricity last week.

Another recipient, Nur Rahmuna Abdullah lives with her husband in Kg Kebia. She said she converted on 2001. Two of her four children, a 29-year-old daughter who works in Jerudong and an 18-year-old unemployed son, also live with them.

“My husband and I live in a small hut in Kg Kebia without electricity since 2011,” said the Dusun woman who was born in 1957.

She said the hut is on a plot of land under her father’s name.

Before 2011, she and her husband lived with her cousin in Kg Batang Mitus. They had to move out as her cousin’s children moved back into the house.

A total of 213 people embraced Islam since January this year according the centre. Last year saw 538 people converted into Islam a rise from 469 people in 2012.

Majority of Muslim converts are Iban and Dusun with a steady increase from the Filipino community in Brunei.

The Brunei Times