By Aida Aziz
IPOH: Every time it rains and the wind is strong, it is sure to cause hardship for Noor Azmi Iskandar, 70, considering the condition of his house which is in poor condition and often flooded.
This two-storey house is located in Kampung Masjid Tambun and is occupied by a total of 13 people, including Noor Azmi’s wife, five children and the rest of his grandchildren.
If you look at the inside of his house, a lot of repair work needs to be done since most of the beams and pillars of the house have started to rot and have holes.
The two-day visit and review of Tambun Parliament’s house repair and new building assistance, starting today and tomorrow, will provide some relief to underprivileged residents.
Noor Azmi, who was one of the recipients of the donation, said that the renovation of the house was indeed something that he had been looking forward to for a long time, to enable him and his family members to live comfortably.
“There are 13 of us living here, me, my wife, children and grandchildren. Indeed, we are very happy with this repair assistance, if we want to repair it ourselves we cannot afford it.
“The children work enough to eat, and I only sell old items in Loken. This house is more than 80 years old, this is a heritage house,” he told to reporters here today.
He was met during the Perak State Development Office’s Review Visit to the Housing Assistance Needs Application at the Tambun Parliament.
The program was attended by the Tambun Member of Parliament’s Special Officer, Mohamad Hairul Amir Sabri, representatives from the Tambun Parliamentary Service Center, the Kinta District and Land Office and the Perak State Development Office.
Meanwhile, another recipient, Kamarulzaman Yang Mat Din, 82, from RPA 2, Ulu Kinta also hopes that his house can be repaired as soon as possible.
It’s because the roof of his house is leaking and often floods the interior.
“I have lived here for more than 20 years. If it’s possible to receive help to repair the roof outside and inside the house I will feel happy because I got help.
It doesn’t matter how much or how little, the important thing is that we no longer have to face this issue,” he said.
In the meantime, Mohamad Hairul Amir informed that approximately RM600,000 has been allocated for repair work and new construction for the 12 houses involved.
“Today we visited six houses and continue with six more tomorrow, a total of 12. On average, we see that their houses need help or new construction.
“The allocation for each house depends on the level of damage, it is not the same. The criteria for depends on how underprivileged or poor they are,” he said