JOHOR BARU: Widow Noor Nadia Kamaludim finally has a house to stay with her two young children thanks to Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah Almarhum Sultan Iskandar.
The 30-year-old is the wife of Mohd Fatah Hashim, a Fire and Rescue Department personnel, who was among six divers killed in a search and rescue operation at a mining pool at Taman Putra Perdana, Puchong in October last year.
Noor Nadia said that she was forever grateful to the Queen, who also paid the monthly rental instalments for the next three years, allowing her to focus on raising her two children.
"I am currently staying at the Fire and Rescue Department quarters in Kempas here and will move in to my new home this Monday (Feb 18).
"Hope that this will be a new beginning for my family as I need to look after my two children, three-year-old Nur Medina Aisya and two-year-old Muhammad Meqa Al-Asyraf following my husband's death," she added.
Noor Nadia also said that she was thankful for the help from the Fire and Rescue Department as well as the Pahang and Johor governments.
Noor Nadia was among 15 recipients who received their housing certificates from Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin at Bandar Uda Utama People's Housing Project (PPR) here on Friday (Feb 15).
Meanwhile, Zuraida said that PPR tenants can soon used their monthly rental payment records as documents to get a housing loan from financial institutions following a meeting with Bank Negara on Thursday (Feb 14).
She added that among the matters that were touched upon included problems faced by the rakyat, in particular those from the lower income group, who were facing difficulties in obtaining housing loans from banks.
"I am pleased to announce that Bank Negara has given its approval for PPR tenants to use their monthly payment records as supportive documents in getting housing loans.
"These tenants have to make sure that their monthly rental payments are consistent for three years," she added.
Zuraida added that if their payment records were good, banks have no problem in approving their housing loans as they have proven to be a good pay master.
Zuraida pointed out that most of the PPR tenants were either self-employed or running small businesses where they do not have their own salary payslips.
"Tenants can get their monthly rent payment records from their respective state governments," she said, adding that it was always the government's goal in improving the lives of those in the lower income group.