By ADIE SURI ZULKEFLI | firstname.lastname@example.org
NIBONG TEBAL: FOR years, Saibi Abd Majid from Pulau Aman has been wishing to provide a proper house for his wife and five children but his income as a coastal fisherman made it hard for him to raise enough money to build one.
Their prayers were finally answered after the state GiatMARA visited the family last year and offered to build them a house under the Rural and Regional Development Ministry's Housing Assistance Programme.
The beach house on stilts, built at the cost of RM33,000 was the first built by GiatMARA in the peninsular.
State GiatMARA project officer Ahmad Luthuffi Othman said they had been building such houses in Sabah and Sarawak under the project but Saidi's home is the first in peninsular.
He said the project was completed last April, according to schedule although they faced several obstacles, including ferrying construction materials to the island.
"But we are happy that we were able to hand over the house to Saibi's family on time," Luthuffi said during a visit to Pulau Aman recently.
Present were the ministry's northern region project development and supervision director Wan Kamarul Faisal Wan Kamardin.
Saibi expressed his grateful to GiatMARAand the Federal government for helping them to finally own a home.
"I cannot imagine how long it would have taken me to raise that much of money to build this house.
"My family and I are very grateful for this gift and we hope many more needy families will benefit from this programme," said Saibi.