Elderly blind women’s ancestral home set on fire by angry nephew

ARAU: Three blind elderly women were left homeless when their 100-year-old ancestral home in Kampung Titi Besi was destroyed in a blaze yesterday.

In the 4 pm incident, Halijah Ibrahim, 78; Che Manai, 73, and Zainah, 67, suffered losses of about RM10,000 when their cash, jewellery, land grant and their Hari Raya clothes were destroyed in the fire caused by their nephew’s actions who was angry after failing to borrow money from his aunt.

Tuanku Syed Faizuddin (left) listens to the elder woman narrate what happen. Also with them is Raja Puan Muda Hajah Lailatul Shahreen Akashah Khalil (centre). Photos: Bernama

“He asked me for RM50. When I said that I did not have the money he became enraged and left the house. I rejected his request because I knew he will use the money to buy glue (for glue sniffing).

“I had ironed my Hari Raya clothes and put it in the cupboard but fate intervened” said Che Manai, adding that she had raised her nephew since he was 10 years old.

All that remains of the 100-year old house.

The story of the three sisters caught the attention of Perlis Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azlan Man who visited them with Guar Sanji assemblyman Mohd Ridzuan Hashim.

They are now taking shelter at their handicrafts workshop which is located adjacent to their burnt-out home.

Azlan told reporters afterwards that the state government would work together with the Perlis Islamic and Malay Customs Council to build a new home for them.

Meanwhile, Perlis police chief Datuk Noor Mushar Mohamad said they had arrested the relative and that he had confessed to committing the deed. – Bernama