| James Kon |
FIRE victims from Kampong Pelambayan, Brunei-Muara Dist-rict, and Kampong Bukit Puan in Mukim Labi, Belait District, expressed their gratitude to His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, following a donation ceremony yesterday afternoon at the Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah (YSHHB).
Haji Brahim bin Haji Ismail, the Managing Director of YSHHB, presented the donation of $18,300 to four heads of families that were affected by separate fire incidents in the Brunei-Muara and Belait districts.
The recipients were Tuwat anak Manggau and Joharie anak Tuwat from Kampong Bukit Puan; and Hamidah binti Haji Ali and Suhairol bin Haji Yahya from Kampong Pelambayan.
Joharie told the Bulletin, “We would like to thank His Majesty and YSHHB for the donations, which will help ease our burdens.”
During the blaze in Kampong Bukit Puan on April 5, Joharie lost his house and possessions, including four vehicles.
Recalling that fateful day, he said, “The whole family was in Bandar when we received a call about the fire, at around 3pm. We rushed back and found that our house had been burned to the ground. We couldn’t even salvage anything from the rubble.”
Currently, the family of seven is staying in a house provided by the Belait District Office.
Hamidah also expressed her gratitude to His Majesty, as well as all those involved in helping her family.
Recalling the incident which took place on March 15, she said, “There were only two family members at home when the fire broke out. The flames spread quickly across the wooden house, and there was nothing that we could do to save it.”
More than 20 people were left homeless after the fire.
Currently, Hamidah and her family are staying at her mother’s house in Kampong Serdang.