Safer home for family of 15

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A FAMILY of 15 yesterday was overjoyed as they moved in to the house handed over to them by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

Part of its project to assist under privileged families in the country, the family received a four-bedroom zakat-funded house located at Kampung Selangan, Mukim Amo in Temburong.

The house was officially handed over to Rohayah Abd Wahid in a ceremony to present the certificate of ownership yesterday.

Rohayah, who works as a cook at Kg Amo Primary School lives with her husband, Mohd Bakri Abdullah who is a watchman for one of the government offices in Temburong.

Members of her household comprise her six children with two of them married and seven grandchildren.

She shared that three of her children including the in-laws works as bus drivers and that their income was barely sufficient to support their whole family.

In an interview with The Brunei Times, she expressed her relief as the new home now is more comfortable and safe compared to the old one.

The house which her family used to reside in was prone to leakage especially during the rain, where they had to endure them apart from being cramped up in one space whenever it was time for bed.

“It was also quite difficult for us to have a mass prayers involving the whole members of the family as each of us would have to take turns due to the limited space,” said Rohayah. She also recalled that there were around two to three times her previous home was flooded to waist-length during the rain, which damaged some of her furniture as well as other things in her house.

She added that although their new home only has four bedrooms, it was quite enough to accommodate her whole family. “The most important thing is that this house is strong to withstand all of the difficulties we experienced before, and for that I am quite thankful to the parties who helped us,” said Rohayah.

The construction of the house was fully funded by the Brunei Islamic Religious Council (MUIB) using the zakat (tithe) they had gathered. The housing initiative involved collaboration between PMO and other government agencies namely the Ministry of Development, Ministry of Religious Affairs and Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports under one committee. Presenting the certificate of ownership to Rohayah yesterday was the Permanent Secretary (Media and Cabinet) at the PMO, Hj Mohd Rozan Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Yunos.

The Brunei Times