KUCHING: Two families, whose houses were affected by a fire at Jalan Taman Dusun Indah Sejijak recently, have received the much needed assistance in the form of cash.
They received the aid from Petra Jaya MP Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof who is also the Senior Works Minister. He hoped the aid would ease their burden.
“Normally, when there is a mishap due to a fire or other disaster, we will visit the family and will provide it with assistance.
“The amount depends very much on the type of damages,” he explained during the aid presentation to the affected families on Sunday (Nov 28).
He said if a house was totally destroyed by a fire, assistance of a few thousands ringgit would be given for the family to buy basic necessities.
“As these incidents involve houses which are normally covered by insurance, it is hoped that the insurance coverage can help the house owners to repair their premises and we will also help them by topping up the amount,” he said.
For houses that were partially damaged, Fadillah said the aid depended very much on the type of damage. He said the assistance would be slightly less than what was given for a house that was totally destroyed.
“In this case, normally both Tupong incumbent Fazzrudin Abdul Rahman and I will provide the assistance and hopefully, it will help them to buy whatever they need while waiting for recovery such as the repair of the houses,” he said.
Meanwhile, the first family to receive the aid from Fadillah today was Wong Chin Hiong and his wife, Chin Soi Jam.
The house, where they had stayed with their three children for 15 years, was completely destroyed by fire while two adjoining houses were partially damaged in the 5pm incident on Nov 24. Following the incident, the family is currently renting in the Mile 5 area.
Chin expressed her gratitude to Fadillah for his assistance which could help her family to rebuild their house.
“The insurance coverage for our house is not much. This additional assistance will be added to the amount that I have to repair the house,” she said, adding that non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and Chinese associations had also helped her family.
Amy Dangus’ family was the second family to receive the aid from Fadillah; her house was 30 percent damaged.
“The fire from the other house spread to my kitchen area and some parts of the wiring were affected as well.
“Therefore, I want to thank both Fadillah and Fazzrudin who have visited and provided cash donations. We will use the money to repair the house,” she said.