Better days ahead for family of four

  • Metro News
  • Saturday, 26 Oct 2019

Hoo (third from left) presenting the certificate of completion to Samsul. With them are Negri Sembilan Welfare Department deputy director Zulyadain Limat (left), state youth and sports development exco Mohamad Taufek Abd Ghani (second from left) and state women, family and welfare exco Nicole Tan (right).

UNTIL very recently, home for Samsul Kamarudin and his family of four was a sparsely furnished house with a leaking roof and no ceiling fans in Senawang, Seremban.

Though he always dreamt of making the family home in Taman Sri Pagi more comfortable, especially for the benefit of his 10-year-old twins born with cerebral palsy, the security guard was unable to do so on his meagre salary.

To make matters worse, the 42-year-old suffers from asthma, diabetes and high blood pressure, which make it difficult for him to supplement his income.

His wife is unable to work as she has to care for their twins.

Fortunately for Samsul, his plight caught the attention of IJM Land, and the family was selected as beneficiary of the developer’s Home Rehabilitation Programme (myHome).

The project to “rehabilitate” Samsul’s home involved repairing roof leaks and a damaged ceiling, installing ceiling fans, transforming washrooms into disabled-friendly facilities for easy access, replacing piping, renovating the car porch and refitting the kitchen.

IJM Land Bhd senior general manager (Central Region) Datuk Hoo Kim See said the myHome programme, in its 10th year, aimed to enrich the living standards of disadvantaged families here.

“We heard about the living conditions of Samsul and his family from the state Welfare Department.

“With limited funds, he was barely able to make ends meet day-to-day, much less tend to his twins who need special care. We decided to step in and assist the family, ” he said.

Hoo said the family received financial aid of RM300 monthly from the Welfare Department, as well as Baitulmal assistance for essentials such as diapers and groceries.

The children also undergo weekly physiotherapy at the local community-based rehabilitation centre called Pusat Pemulihan Dalam Komuniti.

“The myHome programme is among IJM Land’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives aimed at improving and rebuilding lives, ” said Hoo during a ceremony to present the refurbished home to the family.

The repairs cost an estimated RM30,000, with contributions from partners, including WWK Construction Sdn Bhd, Chan Pui Iron Works, Jotun Paints (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, Golden Hover Group of Companies and Midas Touch PTL.

Hoo hoped that the refurbished home would help alleviate the family’s burden.

“We hope that Samsul will now have peace of mind and that the family is able to live comfortably.

“Thanks to a CSR culture among our business associates, we receive massive support from our contractors and suppliers for the myHome programme each year, which enables us to successfully carry out the projects and bring about change, ” he said.

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