Family looking forward to celebrating Raya in new home

Norsarimah sitting at the entrance of her house with three of her children and their relatives at Kampung Tok Kolok near Kuala Besut.

BESUT - When Ramli Jusoh's tiny rented village house was badly damaged in a fire in May, his family thought they would be facing a bleak Hari Raya.

However, the family-of-five now look forward to Raya, as they will be moving into a brand new house just in time for the celebrations.

The Fire and Rescue Department, under its "My Beautiful Neighbourhood" programme, will help build a three-room house for Ramli.

"Now we can at least feel happy during Hari Raya. I am thankful to the Government for being willing to build a new house for us," said Ramli's wife Norsarimah Awang at their partially damaged house in Kampung Tok Kolok.

The kitchen area of their house was destroyed in a fire on May 18 when their el­dest son Mohd Iswan, 13, tried to fry an egg for lunch.

Fortunately, quick action from the Fire and Rescue Department helped save the rest of the house from being totally destroyed.

The "My Beautiful Neighbourhood" programme is an initiative under the National Blue Ocean Strategy.

Ramli's house will also be one of the first under the programme to be constructed using the "Iris Koto" system. an industrialised building system which builds faster and safer homes.

"The building can be completed within a week. Ten officers from the Besut and Jerteh Fire and Rescue Department headquarters will be working on the project today and hope­­fully it can be completed by July 23," said Terengganu Fire and Rescue Deparment director Md Salleh Sarbini at the site of Ramli's new house in Taman Tasek low-cost housing park, Kampung Nail here yesterday.

Ramli, 38, an odd job worker, only earns RM600 a month and has three children aged two, 11 and 13.

The new house is built at a cost of RM35,000 (S$14,000) and is funded by the Local Government and Housing Ministry.