Kg Mumong family living in unsafe house moved to government house

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BELAIT

A FAMILY living in a dilapidated wooden house in Kg Mumong has been offered temporary shelter at a government house under the Department of Public Works (PWD).

Rosmadi Suhaili told The Brunei Times yesterday that his wife and four children moved into the government house in Jln Mumong two weeks ago, after the Belait District Office and PWD worked together to secure the accommodation for the family.

“We are grateful to be relocated as our old house in Mumong had become unsafe. The kitchen floor has partially collapsed, wood is rotting and the base of the house is at risk of giving way,” he said.

The family is paying $75 a month for the new accommodation, excluding utilities. Rosmadi wants to rebuild his old house, but faces challenging circumstances, after his contract to work as a night shift operator in Badas was not renewed this year.

“I am currently looking for work. I can only work at night as during the day have to take care of my children, one of whom has autism,” he said. Rosmadi said his son needs constant supervision.

“This is the reason why I choose to work at night, as my wife works as a civil servant during the day so we can take care of our son,” he said.

He said his financial difficulties have been compounded by several existing personal loans to banks.

“Most of the family income goes to car loans, including one for my wife's brother who just started working, as well as a personal loan,” he said.

Rosmadi's wife Rosni is waiting for the land on which their dilapidated house is located to be transferred in her name before proceeding with repairs, as it is currently under her father's name.

The Brunei Times