Monday January 28, 2013
Visiting politicians hold gotong-royong to repair dilapidated house
ASAJAYA: Much needed help has come to Sarimah Serian and her daughter Jerah Sempeng in Kampung Melayu Asajaya here.
About 20 Kota Samarahan PBB members held a gotong-royong to clean and fix Sarimah’s house and living compound yesterday.
They also brought some food items for the hardcore poor women after learning about their plight in The Star last week.
The group’s spokesman Yakup Khalid said they were touched by the news report.
“We also helped to build a wooden pathway to Sarimah’s house,” he said.
Sarimah, in her 70s and Jerah, 40, live in a house built under the government’s housing project for the hardcore poor but unfortunately both are believed to be mentally unsound and have been living in dire and dirty conditions.
Jerah receives welfare assistance of RM300 a month but not Sarimah.
Policeman Cpl Suhaili Pawi, 52, who lives next door, has been helping the two women to buy daily rations using the welfare money and bring them to a clinic if they are ill.
Occasionally, Suhaili who helps to manage the welfare aid, has to fork out his own money to cover those expenses as the amount was insufficient.