CCEMS reaches out to jobless man

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BELAIT

CANANG Citra Event Management Services (CCEMS) has reached out to a family of eight whose father has been unable to find employment after being laid off as security guard in 2013.

CCEMS's director Hj Zaini Hj Munir, who made a donation of essential supplies to the family this week, told The Brunei Times yesterday he was first made aware of the family's plight earlier this year, and has since sought to raise public awareness about their difficulties.

“We are trying to raise awareness of the difficulties faced by this family so that the husband can get support and find employment,” said Hj Zaini.

The family's father, Mohd Nawi Abdullah, said he had applied for at least 10 government and private jobs after being laid off as a security guard, where he was earning a steady income.

“The organisation was in the process of reducing the number of staff that it had in 2013, and I was one of them who lost the job,” said the 35-year-old.

Compounding the family's problem is a $15,000 personal loan that Mohd Nawi has under his name that was used for his brother's wedding, who has been unable to pay.

“Right now my biggest obstacle in getting a job is that I do not have a car. I am willing and ready to work anywhere to provide for my family,” he said. His wife, Yuhana Metussin, said she was most concerned about her three-year-old son with Down Syndrome, who has to go for regular check-ups at the hospital. “We have to look for a ride, because the bus schedule isn't regular. There have been times where we have not been able to make it,” said the 38-year-old.

Since he lost his job, Mohd Nawi has sustained his family through receiving occasional support from close friends and family, doing small odd jobs and selling most of their furniture.

The Brunei Council on Social Welfare stepped in to support the family at the end of 2014 with donations, mostly containing food supplies, on a monthly basis.

Mohd Nawi's said aside from his barrack housing unit, which costs $45 a month to rent excluding utilities, his family does not receive any government assistance.

“We remain hopeful however, as people from the Belait District Office recently visited us to check my record of employment and application job letters. Hopefully they can help me find a job,” he said.

The family is currently staying in a two-room government barrack housing unit located in Lorong 3, Seria.

The Brunei Times