‘MKM to keep aiding fire victim’

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THE Brunei Council on Social Welfare (MKM) has pledged continued support to an elderly client of its legal aid clinic who recently became a fire victim.

The client, 81-year-old Ya’akub Israil, became homeless when a fire gutted his house in Kg Limau Manis last week.

MKM’s Vice President I, Nur Judy Abdullah, said previously that Ya’akub’s caregiver was his lifesaver when the fire broke out as she rescued Ya’akub, who was asleep at the time.

In a press statement issued by MKM, Nur Judy said MKM has been helping to look after Ya’akub since he became a client in 2011 together with his late wife.

Ya’akub became the first client of the MKM Legal Advice and Advisory Clinic when MKM volunteer lawyers took on and won his case after almost three years in court regarding a dispute over the title of his land grant where his house was built.

On Monday, MKM arranged the transfer of Ya’akub to Kuala Belait where his nephew will look after his welfare under the supervision of MKM case officers.

In a phone interview with The Brunei Times, Nur Judy said to date, MKM has 158 clients under its legal aid clinic and care.

“They come to ask advice on how to get financial assistance and then we investigate their situation further through home visits and by cross-checking the information they give us to make sure they’re vulnerable,” she said, adding that families who need legal advice should also contact MKM.

Those who wish to provide monetary or non-monetary donations to Ya’akub can contact the MKM hotline at 7146680 or the Pengkalan Batu Village Head.

The Brunei Times