KUCHING: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today handed over a federal government contribution of RM60,000 to Mazlan Fuzan and his wife, Elisa John, the parents of the two siblings who died of rabies virus infection last week.
The handing over was held at the Hornbill Skyways Office here after Ahmad Zahid was briefed on the rabies outbreak in the Serian district by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.
The contribution was for Mazlan to build a new house for his family.
Mazlan’s children, six-year-old Monica and four-year-old Jackson, died last July 4 at the Sarawak General Hospital. The family is from Kampung Paon Rimu Bakong, Serian.
The children were diagnosed to be brain dead and the parents agreed for the life support to be withdrawn.
After the ceremony, Ahmad Zahid left in a helicopter to attend the Home Ministry’s Hari Raya gathering at Padang Lama Kompleks Sukan in Sri Aman.
He was accompanied by Uggah and Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian to Sri Aman.
Tuai Rumah Stephen anak Empudod of Kampong Paon Rimu Bakong said construction work of the house for the Mazlan’s family has already started at a new site.
He told reporters the construction work is being undertaken by a contractor appointed by the government.
He said the Mazlan’s family has been living in the present house, which is in dilapidated condition, over the past 15 years.
As of yesterday, four rabies-positive cases had been reported, with two death so far.
The third and fourth victims are reported still in critical condition at the Sarawak General Hospital.
Last July 4, the Sarawak government declared five villages in the Serian District as rabies-infected and issued an order for all household dogs within a 10-km radius to be vaccinated against the disease.-dayakdaily.com