Family of missing man receives aid

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BELAIT

MUKIM Consultative Council (MPM) Seria yesterday presented donations to the family of the man who went missing near the Badas sewage treatment tank in Kuala Belait.

The donations comprise food such as noodles, snacks, condiments and beverages to suit the needs of the family.

They were handed over to the wife of the victim, Cecilia Siti Palus, and her two children aged two and one year old.

Penghulu Hj Jamail Hj Linap gave the donation to the family at the office of Penghulu Mukim Seria in Pusat Insani.

The same event also saw the Penghulu hand over donations courtesy of the orphans’ charity fund to the two children.

The donation is hoped to ease the burden of the family as the wife, who resides at the government barracks in Lorong 3 Selatan, is currently unemployed.

“We donated basic food and drinks to help sustain the family for the coming days,” said the penghulu.

InsyaAllah, the MPM will be looking into other kinds of contributions to help the family in the near future,” he said.

Cecilia's husband was reported missing when he went fishing along Sungai Belait near the sewage treatment tank on February 18.

Authorities have stood down their search for the missing man after a week, adding that there is a possibility of a crocodile attack into the incident.

According to Acting Deputy Commanding Officer of Fire and Rescue Operations B branch Wan Julaini Wan Ibrahim, a reliable eyewitness told him that a crocodile had been marking the missing man from afar.

When he went into the waters to fix his fishing net which got stuck, the crocodile was already half-submerged in the water.

He noted that during the search, a few crocodiles were spotted along the banks of the river.

The Brunei Times