Family forced out of rented room needs funds, says NGO


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 31 Aug 2019

KLANG: An NGO has come forward to help a family of six living in their car after they were forced out of their rented room by their housemates, some of whom allegedly tried to harass one of the daughters.

For now, the family’s needs are being taken care of by the Community Development and Integration Initiative (CDII), which is also appealing for Malaysians to assist the family who lived in the car for almost 10 days until help arrived.

Ahmad Zaini Mohd Zainuddin, 39, said trouble ensued between him and other tenants after they were caught trying to hit on his 14-year-old daughter recently.

Following that, the family bundled their clothes into a box and fled the place in Sungai Udang near here.

“I had no choice as I feared for the safety of my daughters, ” he said, adding that his girls are aged 18,14 and 11.

Ahmad Zaini’s wife Noresah Mohammad, 38, is six months’ pregnant. The couple also have two sons aged seven and two.

Except for their eldest daughter who later left to stay with her friends, the rest of the family put up in their car parked at the Pandamaran Sports Complex carpark.

Ahmad Zaini said that to make matters worse, he lost his job at a junkyard after his employer, a Rohingya refugee, had a run-in with the authorities for conducting the business without a permit.

Luckily for the family, the Selangor Zakat Centre provided them a flat to stay in Port Klang on Thursday.

However, Ahmad Zaini said the family had no money to buy food.

His youngest son was also running a temperature.

“I cannot leave them starving and ill like this and go looking for a job, ” said Ahmad Zaini, adding that he knows welding and repair work.

His children stopped attending school since they were rendered homeless.

CDII director Firoza Burhan said it would take care of the family’s immediate needs.

“But they need groceries as well as funds to see them through for at least a few months until Ahmad Zaini is able to find employment to make ends meet, ” she said.

Firoza urged Malaysians to come forward to help the family in the spirit of national unity.

Those who wish to help the family can write to cdii.community@gmail.com.


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