MUIB provides new homes for needy

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THREE underprivileged families in the Brunei-Muara district yesterday received keys for their newly built houses provided by Brunei Islamic Religious Council (MUIB), under the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA).

The stilt houses, valued at a total of $181,117, included a house built for a convert family in Kg Sinarubai in Bengkurong.

Each house was built on around 0.2 hectare of land belonging to the families.

Present to hand over the keys was Religious Affairs Minister Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Hj Awg Badaruddin Pengarah Dato Paduka Hj Awg Othman.

Nurul Liyana Abdullah, one of the recipients, expressed gratitude for the gift.

The mother of five said she did not expect to get the assistance from MUIB within a year after applying.

“It truly is a blessing and we are thankful. The assistance came just in time for Hari Raya,” the 40-year-old told The Brunei Times yesterday.

“We can now celebrate Hari Raya in a well-sheltered house,” she added.

Nurul Liyana, who sells fritters for a living, previously lived in a small rundown two-room wooden house in Kampong Lambak, along with her husband and five children.

According to the recipient, the new house comprises three rooms, a living room, a kitchen and one washroom.

Nurul Liyana is also one of MUIB’s zakat recipients receiving $710 every month, since 2014.

Jefry Mohd Hanafiah, who received a new house in Lambak Kiri, said he and his family of 12 were living in their sister’s house, but had to move out to a rented flat after a dispute.

Jefry said he was grateful to His Majesty and his government for building the $59,800 house for his family.

“Now we don’t have to rely on anyone anymore, we get our own privacy because living with people can be very uneasy and nobody wants to be a burden to somebody else,” he said.

He said the new house now accommodates his mother, wife and ten children, with the youngest being a one-month old infant.

Jefry, who earns a monthly salary of $800 as a night watcher at a government agency said, once he gets enough money, he will get more furniture for the house.

“I plan to make the house more comfortable for my family as currently we don’t have any furniture or mattresses to sleep on,” said the father of ten.

During yesterday’s key handover ceremony to the recipients, YB Pehin Dato Hj Awg Badaruddin also took time to chat with the new home owners and their respective families.

The Brunei Times