Bank Islam builds, refurbishes homes for underprivileged families

by TMR / pic source: Bank Islam

More than two dozen underprivileged families in Melaka and Negri Sembilan — including a housewife raising ve children on her own — got a new lease of life when they received keys to their new or refurbished houses, courtesy of Bank Islam Malaysia Bhd.

“With this new house, my family and I will get to sleep peacefully and comfortably and I no longer worry about the safety of my children as we have a steady roof over our heads,” said Norazia Morsin.

She and her children had been living in one of their relatives’ dilapidated house for four years.

Not anymore. The housewife was the recipient of one of the 27 homes for the underprivileged that were built and refurbished in Melaka and Negri Sembilan as part of the bank’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) project.

The housing aid initiative was a joint effort between Bank Islam, Majlis Agama Islam Melaka, Amanah Ikhtiar Malaysia, Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat and Jabatan Kemajuan Orang Asli.

The newly built and refurbished houses are located in Jasin, Alor Gajah, Melaka Tengah and one in Tampin, Negri Sembilan.

Bank Islam has set aside RM12.8 million of zakat from its financial year 2016 to assist the underprivileged — called asnaf — in education, business, health and others.

The housing project was partly funded from the 2016 business zakat. Nine homes were newly built, while another 18 were refurbished at a total cost of RM855,000, the bank said in a statement.

Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron and Bank Islam CEO Khairul Kamarudin were present at a key handover ceremony on Feb 23 in Melaka. Also present was Serkam state assemblyman Datuk Zaidi Attan.

To date, the bank said the housing aid project which began in 2008 has successfully seen 265 homes being built and refurbished for RM7.16 million in Kelantan, Terengganu, Kedah, Pahang, Negri Sembilan, Sarawak, Perak, Johor and Melaka.

Each newly built house costs approximately between RM53,000 and RM55,000, while the cost for refurbishment is estimated between RM15,000 and RM20,000, the statement added. — TMR