Fisherman gets zakat-funded Belait house

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A FISHERMAN yesterday received a house that he patiently watched being built in his own backyard in Kg Sungai Taring, Belait since 2012.

Rosli Mohammad's two-storey and three-bedroom house was fully financed by zakat funds through the Brunei Islamic Religious Council’s (MUIB) Housing Assistance for the Poor and Destitute project.

“My family of eight used to stay in a small bungalow style house, which I built myself, opposite to this new house for over 20 years,” said Rosli, who said he first applied for housing assistance in 2008.

“It is a huge relief and I am very grateful to be given this house; it is more safe, with better supply of water and electricity,” he added.

Rosli's house was one of two houses under the same project, built at a cost of $136,972 in December 2012. His old house has been demolished.

The fisherman claimed the uncertain nature of his job had prevented him from purchasing a house.

“As a fisherman, the income comes and goes depending on the weather and the movement of the catch. There have been many months where getting any catch has proved very challenging,” he said.

Meanwhile, a Public Works Department representative confirmed that new sites for the Housing Assistance for the Poor and Destitute project are in the pipeline across Brunei, with one of their several projects targeting 30 houses for construction, four of which will be in Belait.

The Housing Assistance for the Poor and Destitute project is overseen by a committee lead by the Prime Minister's Office, together with the Ministry of Development, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports. All construction costs are borne by zakat collections.

Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Prime Minister's Office Hj Hamzah Hj Sulaiman officially handed over the house yesterday to Rosli, presenting a certificate of completed construction. Also present was Belait District Officer Hj Haris Othman.

The Brunei Times