16 May 2013
| last updated at 04:52PM
Tenaga 'Baiti Jannati' programme improves villager's home
HULU TERENGGANU: It was a grand, memorable day for house owner Muhammad Mohd Hasan, wife and seven children in Kampung Tanjung Baru in Kuala Berang here as he was handed his refurbished home by the Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB).
"My trodden house is now as good as new, it looks very comfortable indeed,
"My family and I are truly blessed, and forever grateful towards TNB which had spent much time and money to repair our house," said the 55-year-old odd job worker.
Under TNB's 'Baiti Jannati' programme, which means 'My Home, My Heaven' in Arabic, TNB repairs dilapidated houses and converts them into comfortable homes that are supplied with the basic amenities such as electricity, water and proper sanitation.
Sultan Mahmud electricity station general manager Mohammad Aidee Hamidin said Muhammad's house is the third in the state selected under the programme, while the other two houses repaired are located in Dungun and Setiu.
"RM22,500 were spent to fully reinstall the house's roof, floorings and wall repairs, which we had started in February,
"TNB also improved the electricity facilities by replacing old circuits and wirings," Aidee said when met during the handover ceremony held here today.
Telemong state assemblyman Rozi Mamat who came to launch the event had to leave earlier following a call from Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said, so the ceremony was instead officiated by TNB vice president (corporate and communication affairs) Adelina Iskandar.
"The total estimation for repair works of the three houses in Terengganu is about RM70,000,
"As 'Baiti Jannati' targets the hardcore poor and underprivileged, following the house renovation, TNB goes a step further towards improving the lives of the homeowners by providing them with furniture, electrical appliances and basic foodstuff," Adelina said, adding that priority is also given to senior citizens, single parents, and the disabled.
Since the programme's introduction 2008, 86 houses have been repaired in various locations around Peninsular Malaysia at a total cost of RM1.8 million.
Witnessed by the 300 villagers who attended the event, Adelina then presented Muhammad with a sofa set and several electrical appliances.
TNB's 40 people delegation then joined Muhammad's family and the villagers in a luncheon they had cooked together, with the RM3,000 worth of foodstuff also funded