2 families receive keys to new homes

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BELAIT

TWO underprivileged families in Belait yesterday received keys for their newly built houses provided by the Brunei Islamic Religious Council (MUIB) under the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA).

The two bungalows valued at $45,575 each were built in Kg Mumong and Lumut co-supervised by the Belait District Office and MoRA. Both of the houses have three bedrooms, a kitchen, a living room and a toilet.

Present to hand over the keys to the recipients was the Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs Dato Paduka Hj Abd Mokti Hj Mohd Daud, who is also the vice-head of MUIB.

Ramli Md Yusof, one of the recipients said he was overjoyed with the housing assistance provided by MUIB as it would mean that his family of seven could now live comfortably compared to where he previously lived.

Ramli said he previously applied for the assistance around three years ago, when he was unemployed and had to struggle to provide to his family of seven – the eldest now being 14-years-old and the youngest being three-years-old.

At the time of receiving the house, he said he had recently earned a job that gives him an income of around $900 net, but that would also be mostly spent on his children's school necessities as he is also struggling to provide better food items for his family of seven at times.

But at the very least, he said his life has gotten better since then, and hoped that his family could enjoy a better Hari Raya celebration in a few days time.

Hjh Norsiah Hj Awang Maruni, the other recipient of the house in Lumut also expressed the same, adding that the assistance given to her is considered a great alleviation to her burden, considering that she had to raise her two children on her own in the past.

With tears welling inside her, Hjh Norsiah said that her income were not sufficient to support her two children, who were younger at the time and had to resort to assistance from her siblings.

During the interview yesterday, she was also grateful to her siblings for willing to help her in time of her need.

Her life however now turns for the better after her two sons, now all grown up had found jobs that could support the family better.

With the addition to the new house, the 62-year-old mother hoped that her Hari Raya would then be more lively compared to the previous years.

Additionally, three other underprivileged households in Belait were also given Zakat monies totaling to $5,100 yesterday - $500 for each of the heads of the respective families, and $3,600 for a total of nine people under their care.

The Brunei Times