Former Technician’s House Gutted


Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan (YBU)Mohd Hatta Mohd Junaidi, 61, a retired technician and his wife, Norhani Samsuddin, 59, can only reflect on the good times they shared in the house they lived in for over 25 years.

Their family house in Taman Panglima Gunung Rapat was destroyed in a fire caused by an electrical circuit in August. “It happened around 7.45pm. I was at the surau performing my Maghrib prayers when I was alerted by my son,” he told reporters. Mohd Hatta rushed home only to see the tail end of the fire. “It happened so fast. Luckily, none of my family members were hurt.”

Hatta’s daughter managed to pick up her infant child and escaped with her mother, Norhani in the nick of time. All of their belongings were destroyed. Damages were estimated at over RM100,000. Mohd Hatta had just finished paying the loan on the house.

“It’s my destiny,” Hatta lamented. “I am lucky my family is intact. I’ll pick up the pieces from here,” he said looking forlornly at his burned house.

Farid Zambri, an officer with Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan (YBU) was at the site upon receiving news of the tragedy. He gave RM500 to the victim. “Although Hatta doesn’t fit into our list of recipients, the foundation donates, nonetheless,” said Farid.