JAPEM aid to enliven Hari Raya of 3 Belait households

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BELAIT

THREE underprivileged families in Belait yesterday received donations of food and drink from the Community Development Department (JAPEM) to enliven their celebrations for the upcoming Hari Raya Aidil Fitri festivities.

Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Datin Paduka Hjh Adina Othman lead the department's delegation yesterday, which included two stops: Kg Merangking Hilir, located in inner, rural Belait before visiting a house in Kg Sg Kayu Ara, Lumut.

During the three visits, the Deputy Minister sat down with residents and inquired about their welfare, before handing over donations, made up of daily necessities such as rice, as well as special hampers for residents for Hari Raya Aidil Fitri.

“We do these donations annually; we visit the residents who receive some form of welfare from JAPEM, whether it be those less able or senior citizens,” she said.

Datin Paduka Hjh Adina emphasised that those receiving welfare should not become overly dependent on the government's financial support, but to instead use the welfare given to “empower oneself” to achieve a better quality of life.

First recipient 88-year-old Muhd Hidup Abdullah, who lives in a self-constructed wooden house, is in the process of securing a new home, funded by several government agencies including the Belait District Office.

“The authorities have approached me about building me a new house on the same plot of land where my current house is,” he said yesterday.

Pointing towards his new roofing recently supplied by the district office and installed by members of Meranking's village consultative council he said, “I am already grateful though, for the recent roofing as well as a generator give to us by the Brunei Religious Islamic Council. Life is much more comfortable.”

The 88-year-old says he keeps busy by farming in his backyard, and constructing sheaths for parangs.

Meanwhile in Lumut, the family of Juaidi Yusop, including his nine children, expressed excitement at meeting the deputy minister, who they updated on their father’s present health problems.

The Brunei Times