PARIT BUNTAR: A mother of five who was abandoned by her husband three years ago is now the proud owner of a new house after her plight caught the attention of the Perak Backbenchers Club.
The club members, led by Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohd Tajol Rosli Ghazali, turned up in full force yesterday for a gotong-royong to put the final touches to the RM15,000 house in Kampung Parit Tali Air Kerani, Tanjung Piandang near here.
The club had mooted the programme as one of its activities to commemorate the Merdeka month.
However, Tajol Rosli said the noble move should be extended until the end of the year.
“Before Deepavali in October, I want the club to build houses for poor members of the Indian community and before the coming Hari Raya, the club will also build houses for poor Malays.
“Then, the club should move into new villages to identify the poor from the Chinese community who are in need of houses,” he said after launching the gotong-royong in which participants painted the new house.
Tajol Rosli said such an activity was to show that government representatives were serious not only about eradicating poverty but also about promoting unity.
“It's heartening to see Yang Berhormats from the MCA and MIC helping out a needy Malay family,” he said.
Tajol Rosli said the club would assign a contractor to install electrical wirings in the house.
“We may also buy a gas stove and some furniture for this family,” he said, adding that the recipient of the aid, Jamilah Mawar, 30, received a RM150 monthly allowance from the Welfare Department and annual dividends from a ladang rakyat programme carried out in the area.
Jamilah thanked the club and the Government for helping her as she had to stay at her father's house after her husband abandoned her.
Club chairman Datuk Abdullah Ahmad said Jamilah's school-going children had been included as recipients of their school's food aid programme besides receiving free books and uniforms.
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