| Hakim Hayat |
AN UNDERPRIVILEGED family of eight who has been living in a dilapidated residence now have a proper home.
A ceremony was held yesterday to mark the handing over of the new four–bedroom bungalow at Kg Orang Kaya Besar Imas, which was built using contributions from Zakat funds channelled by the Brunei Islamic Religious Council (MUIB).
The family of Dayang Norlailawati binti Mohamed received a mock key from Acting Minister of Religious Affairs, Pengiran Dato Paduka Haji Bahrom bin Pengiran Haji Bahar in his capacity as the Acting President of MUIB.
The new house was built at a cost of $53,380 through Zakat funds. Construction of the house began in April this year. It was completed in November. The new house has a living room, a dining room, a kitchen and bathrooms.
The works carried out included the cutting of trees, ground brickworks, installation of water pipes and electrical cables, with assistance from the Brunei-Muara District Officer as the coordinator and manager of the project.
Dayang Norlailawati, 27, is a housewife and married to Awang Bakir bin Haji Lingas, fisherman. They have six children, four of whom are still schooling.
The assistance rendered by the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam is hoped to lessen the family’s burden. Also present at yesterday’s handing over ceremony were Legislative Council member YB Awang Haji A Ahmad bin Husain who is also the Penghulu of Mukim Berakas ‘A’, as well as village heads from the Mukim.