12 firefighters building houses for hardcore poor in Bintangor


By Nancy Nais

KUCHING, Nov 20: Twelve firefighters from the state Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) are currently building new homes for three hardcore poor families in Tulai, Bintangor.

Sibu Zone 4 fire chief Misran Bisara said Mary Itah, 45, Brandon Agol, 49, and Bata Untol, 70, are the recipients under the National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS) Urban Poverty Eradication programme for those under the Welfare Department’s e-Kasih system.

“Twelve of our men from Sibu, Sungai Merah, Kanowit and Bintangor stations are doing this on voluntarily basis through ‘gotong-royong’.

“This is the least that we can do for the recipients, to show our concern and willingness to help those during their difficult times,” Misran said.


Firefighters working on building two news houses for Mary Itah and Brandon Agol.
Misran Bisara

Each house will cost about RM40,000, and the work to build them is being done simultaneously starting Oct 30. Depending on the weather condition, it is expected to complete in two months’ time.

Each house will cover an area of 20 feet x 30 feet, with three bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen area, a bathroom and a toilet.

Misran added that Bomba central zone was given five projects to repair and rebuild houses under NBOS this year.

Last week, Salleh Amban from Bintangor received his newly repaired house in a simple but meaningful ceremony by Bomba. Among the repairs made were to the kitchen flooring, windows, doors, painting, roofing and wiring.

Meanwhile, Bomba will handover another newly repaired house to Sidak Sapi’ie in Kanowit this Friday. — DayakDaily