Brand new homes give underprivileged reason to smile

The country’s largest electricity utility strives to be a key contributor to nation-building while delivering top quality services to Malaysians in a sustainable manner

by RAHIMI YUNUS

MANY would agree that a good living condition leads to socioeconomic well-being.

The saying that success begins at home aptly exemplifies the importance to create a comfortable living space.

To low-income families under Tenaga Nasional Bhd’s (TNB) Baiti Jannati project, life has changed for the better when their dreams to have a better home came true.

After years of living in poor dwellings these new homes are a starting point for the project’s beneficiaries towards a brighter future.

The Baiti Jannati project lives up its namesake, which can be translated into “home sweet home”, through an allocation of RM50,000 each for the disabled, the underprivileged, senior citizens, single mothers and the asnaf (those deserving of zakat) to repair, build or buy houses.

A recipient in Penang, Zulkifli Bakar used to feel anxious every time it rained because of leaky roofs, but now he is rest assured in any weather condition at his new house after receiving the Baiti Jannati assistance.

“Alhamdulillah, my spirits have been lifted. Hari Raya Aidiladha celebration this year was certainly a delight with the brand-new house.

“I really did not expect to be selected as a Baiti Jannati recipient. I am grateful and it is a dream come true to have a home as beautiful as this,” said Zulkifli, 46, when he received the house from TNB head of customer service in Penang, U Ananda Rani.

Zulkifli lives in Kampung Paya Keladi Tengah in Kepala Batas, Penang, where the new house was built on a land owned by his 83-year-old mother Che Jam Ali.

He and his wife Noraini Derasid, 45, sell homemade soy milk in the morning and nasi lemak in the afternoon to support their five children and the mother.

Their hard work has paid off when the eldest daughter Nurul Natasya, 20, managed to further her studies in the Usuluddin discipline at the International Islamic University Malaysia.

Besides that, his other daughter Nur Sarah had just completed her foundation programme at the same university.

Ananda Rani said TNB is always concerned about the difficulties faced by the local community where the company operates.

“Hopefully, with this assistance, Zulkifli’s family life will be filled with happiness,” Ananda Rani said.

In Penang, the Baiti Jannati project has helped to repair 71 houses since 2008 with a total contribution of over RM2.8 million.

Launched in 2007, the project is a way for TNB to give back to the community by providing better and brighter living conditions with comfortable homes.

The CSR initiative was initially funded by allocation by TNB until 2012.

Starting from 2013 onwards, it is covered by TNB’s zakat fund which is redistributed by the State Islamic Religious Councils.

The fund has benefited 902 homes nationwide since 2007 with a total of RM40.3 million worth of aid distributed to the deserving group.

TNB chief corporate officer Datuk Wira Roslan Ab Rahman said in the current uncertain economic environment, TNB is giving a greater attention to the difficulties faced by those in dire need.

“We at TNB hope that this effort would not only bring joy to the recipients but provide relief and comfort as they no longer need to think about house payments as the home has been repaired and refurbished for a comfortable living,” he added.

In Langkawi, Muzlan and his happy family live a more comfortable home thanks to the Baiti Jannati project

In Ulu Melaka, Langkawi, Muzlan Majid, 47, leads a happier life when his dream to live with his wife and five children in a more comfortable place came true through the Baiti Jannati project.

Muzlan, who works in paddy fields with a wage of around RM1,000 a month, felt it was quite impossible to save money, let alone build a house on his land.

“I have been wanting to have a house of my own for a long time, since the birth of my first child. I have made a lot of effort, but my income was never enough.

“Only now I can live in a comfortable home. This contribution means a lot to us as a family. Thank you, TNB,” Muzlan said in a handover ceremony recently.

The new house was delivered to Muzlan by TNB head of corporate communications, Datuk Baderul Sham Saad alongside its head of customer service in Kedah, Wan Ishak Soed.

Describing the house as a great and beautiful blessing for his family, he hoped that his children, aged between nine and 21 years old, would study hard and change their family life one day.

TNB has helped to improve 93 houses in Kedah since 2008 with a total contribution of RM4.4 million.

The country’s largest electricity utility strives to be a key contributor to nation-building while delivering top quality services to Malaysians in a sustainable manner.

TNB under the Better Brighter CSR programme umbrella seeks to bring about positive change and create a better quality of life for Malaysians.