‘Rumahku, Rakitku’ keeps Pokwe, family safe from floods

CHUKAI – Using 69 plastic barrels and 54 pieces of fascia boards, A. Bakar Che Ahmad, fondly known as Pokwe managed to build a house that floats during floods.

The 67-year-old former toolsmith said the idea for the flood-resistant house came after witnessing his floating chicken coop which he built in 2019 was able to keep his chickens safe during a flood that hit his housing area in Kampung Terbak Batu 16, here.

Called ‘Rumahku, Rakitku’, Pokwe said the construction of his wooden house measuring 6.50 square metres and 5.8 metres high was completed on Sept 16 this year.

“It took over three months to build this house which has five bedrooms and two bathrooms,” he told Bernama at his residence today, adding that he built the house with the help of his seven children.

Elaborating about the house, Pokwe said he has had enough of having to endure floods each time it rains heavily over the past seven years.

“I have been living here for seven years, only in 2016, our house not flooded, and the floods would cause me to suffer losses as I’m unable to save many of my household items.

“Previously, whenever the floods hit, I didn’t move to the PPS (relief centre), I decided to just stay in my other house…it’s not far from here,” he said.

Meanwhile, Pokwe said he couldn’t believe that a TikTok video shared by one of his children had captured the attention of netizens on social media.

“I feel very happy because of the positive comments on the video. I feel very grateful and I like to share it with the public so that they can get ideas on how to save their homes,” said Pokwe, adding that he is also willing to ‘teach’ social media users how to flood-proof their house. – Bernama