by BERNAMA / Pic by ARIF KARTONO
AFTER having sleepless nights worrying that wild boars would enter their dilapidated house, a family of 10 in Kampung Baharu, Pinang Tunggal, can now heave a sigh of relief when they receive a new home under the Baiti Jannati programme yesterday.
Azean Yusof and her husband Azahari Mohd Zain, together with their eight children, had lived in their previous house for 13 years before being selected to receive a new home under the Baiti Jannati programme, an initiative by Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB).
Azean, who works as a sales assistant at a traditional kuih shop, said all these years they had no other options but to continue living in the house, which was not only uncomfortable but unsafe too.
“We tried to look for other options but were unable to do so, and every night, my husband and I could hardly close our eyes worrying over wild boars entering our house as the front and kitchen doors were decaying that they could not be shut properly.
“We constantly worried over the safety of our children, aged 13 and 25, who were living with us.
“The (new) house is not that big but we are so grateful to Kepala Batas MP Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican who helped us apply to TNB to help build our new home,” she told reporters at the house key handover ceremony yesterday.
The key was presented by Reezal Merican who is also youth and sports minister. It was also attended by TNB (Penang/Kedah/Perlis) strategic and regulatory division GM Azmi Md Yusof.
Azean said her family is very grateful to be able to live in a more comfortable and safer house that has three rooms compared to the previous two-room accommodation.
“I would like to express our gratitude to all concerned who have helped us. My children are very happy with this new home.”
Azmi said the construction of houses in the programme is specifically for the asnaf group and his team is in close contact with the Penang Islamic Religious Council and the Penang Zakat Management Centre to select those who need a house.
“The funds are from TNB zakat allocation and we are targeting to build ten similar homes in Penang,” he said. — Bernama