SEPANG - An elderly orang asli couple had no choice but to stay put in a hut for three years after a storm destroyed their home in Tanjung Sepat here.
"When my grandchildren visited us, I couldn't put them up with us," said Tek Anak Ujang, 71, a former farmer.
But hope springs eternal, as Tek and his wife Bik Anak Talik, 60, will readily attest to.
The United States Embassy has stepped forward to lend a helping hand together with Habitat for Humanity.
As a result, Tek and Bik will get a new home worth RM30,000 (S$11,115).
US Ambassador Joseph Yun, his wife Dr Melanie Billings-Yun and several staff of the embassy helped out yesterday by laying the first bricks of the home,
Project co-ordinator Kahee Ong, 34, said the home would be completed in two months.
Yun was seen carting and laying bricks to form the house's exterior.
"It's real hard work. But it's about helping the community," he said, as members of his staff and him helped lay the cement floor.
Tek and Bik cannot wait for the completion of their new home.