CASH aid totalling RM28,000 was presented to 16 families, who were made homeless following a fire in Sungai Niobong Tengah, by the Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas.
The aid, which came from the TYT Relief Fund, was given to the families yesterday after Abdul Rahman visited the site where 14 houses were razed and another partially damaged.
Twelve of the families, who owned the houses were given 2,000 each, while the other four, who rented the houses, were given RM1,000 each.
Also present at the village mosque yesterday were Penang Deputy Chief Minister I Mohd Rashid Hasnon, Bayan Baru MP Sim Tze Tzin, Batu Uban assemblyman Dr T. Jayabalan and southwest district officer Mohd Daud Abdul Majid.
Nur Hayati Ahmad Fuad, 29, who was made homeless by the fire, said she and her husband together with their two children, aged five months and two years, would be renting a flat prepared by the state government in Taman Manggis for RM150 a month.
“We are currently staying at the community hall, but we will be moving in as soon as the wiring is done. Money is tight as I need to replace the cooking utensils destroyed in the fire.
“I am currently unable to resume selling economy rice as I usually cook from home, and I also need new cooking utensils,” she told reporters after the aid presentation.
Retiree Farok Mohd Ismail, 68, who is still staying at his partially damaged house, said he would use the money to repair the premises.
Technician Roshidah Ismail, 33, is currently staying with her friends.
“My family and I have just purchased a flat in Sungai Ara but it will only be completed next year.
“I am worried about my children as they are still attending school and kindergarten in this area.” she added.