Elderly fire victim receives financial aid

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

AN 81-YEAR-OLD widower from Kg Limau Manis yesterday received monetary donations after he lost his home to a fire on April 19.

Ya’akub Israil, who is the owner of the house, received $500 from the Brunei Council on Social Welfare (MKM).

MKM also donated another cash donation of $500 to Noorhayati Shahbudin, who is the caretaker of the fire victim.

When The Brunei Times contacted the non-governmental organisation, MKM Vice-President Nur Judy Abdullah said the donation was collected through MKM’s charity funds.

She said the victim is staying temporarily with Noorhayati’s parents-in-law in Kg Limau Manis before moving to Belait where his nephew will look after him.

MKM said in a statement that Ya’akub has been an elderly client of MKM since 2011.

The NGO has been helping to look after Ya’akub and his late wife, such as taking care of them when they were hospitalised, help clean their home, and look after their daily needs.

MKM had also helped Ya’akub on property issues by providing him free legal aid.

The NGO also sought the assistance of Noorhayati, who is a distant relative of Ya’akub, to assist in looking after the elderly and his late wife before.

Noorhayati and her family moved in with Ya’akub in December 2012 after his wife passed away. MKM then provided them with a monthly allowance for their household expenses.

“We are grateful that the caretaker, Noorhayati, was able to save him as he was sleeping when the fire broke,” said Nur Judy, adding that MKM will continue to oversee the victim’s welfare.

The Brunei Times