Tok Batin Nasri Ngah, 41, of Kampung Pisang, Jalong could only look when his wooden house was gutted to the ground on August 22. “It happened so quickly,” he said. “I was in the kitchen boiling water over an open stove when the fire started. The fire engulfed the whole house leaving me little time to salvage my belongings.”
Luckily for the Orang Asli elder none of his family members were around when the fire broke out. “They were out visiting their relatives and friends as it was the fourth day of Hari Raya,” he remarked. “I dare not speculate what the outcome would have been had any of them been here. Thank God.”
The fire victim was met at the site of his burned house recently by members of Yasayan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan (YBU). They were there to survey the extent of the damage and to provide assistance where possible.
Nasir received a food package, courtesy of YBU, from the visitors. The foundation is considering building a new house for Nasir upon recommendations by the survey team.