KUALA LIPIS: An action committee has been set up by the Pahang government to look into ways to assist 22 victims of a recent fire here.
The pre-dawn fire in Kampung Baru Cina Benta destroyed 16 brick and wooden houses and left the occupants homeless.
Senior state executive councillor and Benta assemblyman Datuk Seri Mohd Soffi Abdul Razak said the committee would be working closely with the district office and other agencies to render aid.
He said New Village Community Development Council chairman Tam Fook Wing would chair the committee.
“A discussion has been held with the territorial army to see if they can assist in rebuilding the homes.
“Under the directive of Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail, an initial aid of RM1,000 will be handed out to each affected household, ” Mohd Soffi said, adding that the state emergency fund would also set aside a sum to assist the victims in due course.
Mohd Soffi, together with MCA Cheka assemblyman Lee Ah Wong and Pahang MCA deputy chairman Tan Sri Lam Kam Sang, accompanied Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ria’yatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah to pay a visit to the village.
Sultan Abdullah spent about 30 minutes talking and consoling the victims before giving out personal aid to them.
Mohd Soffi said the King also requested for the state government to draft a plan to rebuild the houses.
He said Sultan Abdullah commended the firemen and fire volunteers for acting fast to put out the fire and prevent it from engulfing more houses in the village.
About 27 years ago, a big fire also occurred in the village. A family of five perished in that blaze.
Pahang Fire and Rescue Department director Nor Hisham Mohammad confirmed no one was injured in the recent fire, which started at 1.08am.
He said the cause and total losses were still being investigated.
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