| Faza Suraj |
A FAMILY of three who lost their house on January 11 after it partially collapsed, yesterday received a Zakat contribution from the Brunei Islamic Religious Council (MUIB) at the Belait branch of the Religious Affairs Office.
The house located in Kampong Ratan Labi lost its living room and a bedroom when an old fruit tree fell onto the house following a storm.
Dayang Hajah Halimah together with her daughter and grandchild escaped unscathed, however, her son-in-law who was visiting was injured when a piece of wood struck his right shoulder and cheek while he was resting in the living room. He has been receiving treatment at the Suri Seri Begawan Hospital in Kuala Belait.
Haji Asminan Haji Chuchu presented the $600 contribution to Hajah Halimah Mattidin.
In an interview with the Bulletin, Hajah Halimah said, “MUIB visited us and made a donation in the form of food items such as rice, coffee, sugar and milk. Relatives have also come to lend a hand.”
She expressed a need for help in replacing damaged furniture and kitchen equipment, but took the opportunity to say that the family’s most crucial need is a new home.
“Thankfully, we have been lent good beds and kitchen tools to cook but we hope that we can move into a new home as soon as possible.”
The head of Zakat Collection and Distribution Section of Belait, Norazhirah Azmi, told the Bulletin that fixing the family home in Labi would involve having to go through a complex procedure.
“There is an issue with the land and the house was under the name of Hajah Halimah’s late husband, so for now we will try to relocate them to government barrack housing. For the time being, they will receive monthly provisions from MUIB.”
The family has had to leave behind the 30-year-old house that was built by Hajah Halimah’s late father and are temporarily living at a government rest house.