Yong Kam Sang, 56, of Buntong was so elated when told that a brand new house would be built on the site of his present abode. The person who delivered the good news was none other than Chief Minister, Dato’ Seri DiRaja Zambry Abd Kadir who dropped by Yong’s shack at Jalan Kuang, Buntong on Chinese New Year night. Zambry was so moved by what he saw that he immediately got Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan (YBU) to build Yong a new house to accommodate his family of five, which includes his aging mother, Kam Long Yong, 76.
The 3-bedrooom house will come with a kitchen, toilet and a living room. “It will definitely be more presentable than what I have now,” he told Ipoh Echo when met. Yong’s run-down wooden house belongs to his grandmother and was passed on to him upon her demise many years ago. “I can’t afford to repair the house, as whatever I earn goes to feeding my family,” he said with tears welling in his eyes. Yong makes about RM700 a month doing odd jobs in the city. “The Year of the Dragon has brought me luck,” he said. “I am truly indebted to the state government for coming to my aid in my hour of need.”
The Chief Minister made another stop on the same night. He visited Chai Wah Leong, 55, a bachelor who lives alone in a dilapidated hut in Ampang Baru, Ipoh. Chai is another pitiful case. He was abandoned by his family and left to fend for himself over a decade ago. “I’ve resigned myself to my fate,” he told Ipoh Echo. Plucky Chai is determined to face adversity the best he can and considers his hardships a challenge.
Zambry ordered that a similar house be built for Chai by YBU. The one-bedroom house will be spacious enough to accommodate him and his friends should they drop by. It will have running water and electricity, amenities which are absent in Chai’s wooden hut.
The houses, according to Hairul Anwar, YBU’s Director of Corporate Services, will cost between RM30,000 to RM35,000, depending on specifications. They will be completed in March. Construction works are underway.