KUCHING: An underprivileged family here is grateful to the Sarawak government for a new house, built next door to the old and dilapidated one.
Voon Kui Fah, 79, and her 81-year-old husband have been staying in the old house at Mile 10, Jalan Penrissen for over 40 years.
They have six children who all stayed there before they eventually moved out after they had families of their own.
Batu Kitang assemblyman Lo Khere Chiang handed over the new house, built under the Minor Rural Project-Sarawak Poor Home Improvement Project (MRP-PPRMS), to Voon in a simple ceremony today.
Lo urged the community to always help the less fortunate.
“When each person tries his or her best to help, I’m sure we can make the whole of Kuching, the whole of Sarawak, and the whole of Malaysia a better place.”
Voon, speaking to the press later, said she was delighted.
“Words cannot express how I feel right now,” she pointed out.
Ng Thien Poh, 58, one of her sons who was present, expressed his appreciation to the state government, Lo and those involved in the endeavour.
“We are indeed very happy that my mother and father will have a better place to stay in.”
Ng added that his father would be happy to see the new house but unfortunately, he was admitted to Sarawak General Hospital three days ago due to water in his lungs.
“Now we don’t have to worry when it rains, and can slowly move our household items into the new house, which is built slightly higher than the old one.
“Often when there is heavy rain, there will be flash flood and the water would go as high as our waist.”
Ng supports his parents by practising as a traditional healer while his wife, Lee Chiew Ling, 43, helps to look after her in-laws.
Lee said she and her husband were currently staying with a relative.
“Once the new house is filled, we will move back here so that I can look after my in-laws without having to go back and forth from my relative’s house.”
She was touched to see her in-laws finally having a nice and comfortable place to live in.
“We don’t come from a rich family. We are thankful for such assistance and hope there will be other assistance to ease our financial burden.”