MELAKA: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali has lauded the efforts of a pool of volunteers to help a 65-year-old woman and her two sons after strong winds damaged their house.
He said the efforts to help a fellow Malaysian has touched his heart.
"This is a noble task during Ramadan where volunteers from all races get together to help the villagers," he said in an interview Sunday (May 2).
Villager Sharipah Talib from Kampung Sungai Petai in Alor Gajah was devastated after strong winds ripped apart the rooftop of her wooden house on April 13.
The single mother and her sons, aged 25 and 23, had to sleep under dining and study tables for almost five days after the incident had caused rainwater to enter their home.
The Melaka Consumer and Environment Association went to her aid and managed to repair the rooftop in less than nine days.
The association's woman and education bureau chief Azizah Harun said the repair work was fully completed on Sunday (May 2).
She said the task was headed by the association’s chairman K.Murali Krishna, public complaints bureau chief Lye Wah Min and several volunteers from the association.
Azizah said funds for the building materials were provided by non-governmental organisation Muslim Care Malaysia and the Chief Minister’s Office.
"We also got a positive response from the Melaka Chief Minister when Sharipah’s plight was highlighted to him," she said.
Meanwhile, Sharipah said she was overwhelmed with the prompt help from the locals.
“My sons lost their jobs recently due to the Covid-19 pandemic and we initially planned to skip Hari Raya for this year due to the condition of our house.
"Now, we look forward to a blissful celebration after the help that has poured-in, ” she said.
Sharipah said the three of them were forced to take shelter under tables during downpours without a roof over their heads.
“The strong wind caused extensive damage to my house and now it has been resorted to its original structure, ” she added.