KUALA LINGGI – “Grateful… I’m very grateful. Alhamdullilah (Praise God),” said Siti Aishah Abdul Razak smiling and contemplating on her new home in Kampung Ayer Molek, Masjid Tanah.
The white coloured brick house which took a month to build was handed to her mother, Zamilah Mohd Nor, 54 who is also a single mother.
As the eldest child, Siti Aishah took a breath of relief when her ancestral house where her mother was born and raised which had also become the shelter of her and her sister, Nurliana, 17, had been replaced with a better and more comfortable residence.
The new house was built under the People’s Housing Project (PPR) by the Melaka Housing Board on her own land after her old shabby wooden house was dismantled last September.
Siti Aishah, 22, said that the old house where she resided with her mother and sister is over 50 years old.
A house that old suffers a lot of damages when the roof almost collapsed and its walls were no longer strong. Besides, the toilet was also broken.
“We couldn’t enter our kitchen during the rainy season as it would have pools of water. Our roof was full of holes. Our walls were also chipped,” she told MalaysiaGazette.
Despite their house was no longer safe to be resided, they had no choice but to stay put as that was the only shelter they had.
“We did not have the money to repair it. My mother is no longer working. She used to be a security officer but since she lost her hearing and suffers leg pain, her movements are limited and she could not work.
“I don’t know when we could afford to repair the house,” said Siti Aishah who lost her father 10 years ago.
She said, her family is very lucky as the Village Development and Security Committee (JKKK) of Kampung Ayer Molek, Kuala Linggi is always concerned about their welfare.
She said, the new house was the efforts of JKKK who extended her case to the Kuala Linggi State Assemblyman, AR Ismail Othman, who was also the Chairman of State Housing, Local Government and Environment Committee.
The Melaka State Government approved an allocation of RM20,000 for the repair works of the house.
Siti Aishah said, several government agencies came to their help early this year before the contractors came and dismantled their old house last September.
Earlier in 2008, Zamilah was assisted in repairing the front portion of her wooden house.
The state government gave an allocation of RM20,000 to build a bedroom and a living room in front of her old house.
Now, the old wooden house is fully dismantled and two more bedrooms, kitchen and a toilet were built. The new structure is being connected to the old living room built in 2008 by the State government.
“I am very pleased that my house is comfortable and looks good now. I will never forget the good deeds of everyone who had helped my family. Only Allah can repay you all,” she said.
Wish to further her education
Siti Aishah is a Diploma holder from Universiti Tecknologi Mara (UiTM) in the field of Food Service Management. She said that the new house had eased her burden as prior to that, her focus was to get a job and improve the lives of her family.
Siti Aishah is working part-time now at Sekolah Kebangsaan Othman Syawal as an administration assistant.
“I received the offer to further my studies but I did not have the money to do so.
“The tutorial fees, books and such. I really wish to further my studies but I couldn’t. I need to put that on hold and get the money first.
“Insya Allah (God Willing), it will be fulfilled,” she said while adding that she hopes to get a job related to her studies. -MalaysiaGazette