Fire victims receive $8,950 donation

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah (Yayasan) yesterday donated $8,950 to the victims of a fire which destroyed their house last Friday.

Malai Jusnani Sheikh Nikman and her husband and their son Abd Muiz Arifin and his family were all inside their house, located at the new housing area in the Kampung Rimba National Housing Scheme when it caught fire. Malai Jusnani received the house from the government in 2000.

The financial contributions to the families were handed over on behalf of Yayasan, by its Managing Director Hj Brahim Hj Ismail at Yayasan’s headquarters in a ceremony.

Malai Jusnani said she was very grateful when she received the call from Yayasan informing her about the donation to help rebuild the gutted house. The 58-year-old and her husband are currently living with her other son in Tutong.

“We really hope to move back into the house as soon as possible, and would like to try and start rebuilding the second floor first,’’ she said.

The family’s house previously had a ground, first and second floor.

She said: “This is a good lesson for us. I never bought insurance for the house and I would (really like to advise the public) to make sure they buy house insurance because it is very important.”

Malai Jusnani said according to the contractor who evaluated their house on Wednesday, they were told they need to spend about $100,000 to reconstruct the house.

Her son, Abd Muiz Arifin was also present at the ceremony to receive the donation.

The 24-year-old and father of four, said it was too late when they discovered the house was on fire and had luckily managed to evacuate safely.

“My five-year-old son lit a match in the house last Friday. We were all at home but no one realised the house was on fire. At that time, my parents had evacuated the house through the ground floor but my family was stuck on the second floor,” he said.

Thanks to their neighbours’ help, his family was able to escape through the roof, said Abd Muiz Arifin.

The Brunei Times