Single mum’s crumbling home in Seremban repaired by developer

IJM Land employees with Wan (centre, white T-shirt) and her family outside the newly fixed and refurbished home in Kampung Kaya Ara, Seremban.

A SINGLE mother received a boost when her dilapidated home in Seremban was refurbished under IJM Land’s annual Home Rehabilitation programme (myHome).

Since the sudden passing of her husband from heart and lung failure in 2020, newspaper distributor Wan Chew Liean, 42, has been struggling to make ends meet.

The family’s single-storey wooden house in Kampung Kayu Ara, Seremban was termite-infested and in dire need of repairs.

Wan was unable to bear the cost as she had to take care of her four children aged between four and 17.

Fortunately, IJM Land stepped in to give Wan’s home a much-needed facelift at a cost of RM40,000.

IJM Land senior general manager Chai Kian Soon said the company became aware of the family’s plight during a corporate social responsibility programme last year.

“We wanted to ensure her family had a safe place to live which was equipped with basic necessities,” he said.

It took a month and a half to complete repairs to the house, which included replacing the roof, installing a septic tank with underground piping, replacing the external timber walls with cement board and painting the building.

A precast concrete drain and chain link fencing were also put in.

The makeover was not just structural as IJM Land also equipped the home with new appliances including a desktop computer for the children’s learning needs as well as electrical items like a slow cooker, kettle and blender.

They also stocked up the kitchen with groceries.

IJM Land also received support from partners like Golden Hover Group of Companies, which contributed RM3,500 worth of furniture, FWT Construction Sdn Bhd, Jotun Paints (M) Sdn Bhd and Midas Touch PTL.

The myHome programme, which is in its 13th year, is in line with IJM Land’s motto, “We Make Good Better” to improve the lives of the communities it serves.

Chai said the programme’s goal was to open the door to a better life for members of the community who faced difficulties.

“Everyone has put their hearts into this project to make it a success,” he said.

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