MELAKA: A family living on a hilltop here would be getting to enjoy electricity after 20 years of living the "primitive" way- thanks to Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB).
TNB started work to connect electricity to odd-job worker Mohamad Md Diah's house situated some 800m above sea level without a single charge.
The wiring work at the house started on Saturday (July 25) and it's learnt that TNB has to erect a dozen utility poles up the hill to power the village house that takes almost 30 minutes to reach through a laterite road.
Mohamad said he was touched by TNB's generosity in helping his family.
"I am really grateful to TNB, especially the utility company's Melaka manager Ismail Ibrahim for giving priority to my plight," he said Sunday (July 26).
The family's living conditions on the hilltop of Kg Durian Daun Barat in Alor Gajah was first highlighted by the Melaka Consumer and Environment Association on June 4.
Mohamad, 49, decided to live at the site after purchasing the land below market value from a "Datuk" 25 years ago.
He lived at the remote location with his wife Nuraini Ramli, 48 and son Muhd Aniq Haikal, 17.
The couple decided to stay here after they got married despite the house having no electricity and water.
Mohamad gradually built his home by collecting materials from demolished and abandoned village houses.
Their home is lit by sunlight during the day and oil lamps at night.
Mohamad used to work for a company in the 1990s and had a steady monthly income but endured hardship since he stopped working in 2004.
Nuraini works as a part-time cleaner while her son has discontinued his studies since 2019 due to the family's financial constraints.
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