KOTA KINABALU: A subsistence farmer in northern Tuaran district can look forward to a new house, thanks to the firemen who doused the blaze that destroyed his home last September.
Corn farmer Duma Ganing, 62, and his seven children had been putting up with the neighbours after a fire destroyed his wooden house at Kampung Baru Selaud seven months ago.
After firemen doused the blaze, they noticed how poor the family was and decided to lend them a helping hand.
“The best way to help them is to provide them with a new house,” said Sabah Fire and Rescue Department director Nordin Pauzi.
He said Duma’s house would be the 13th such structure firemen would build for underprivileged families in Sabah.
With a built-up of 60sq m, it will cost RM50,000 and take about a week to construct the house on a gotong-royong basis.
The project was in line with the Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government’s national blue ocean strategy.
Nordin led a team of the department officers to brief state Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Hajiji Noor on the project.