GRATEFUL:39 poor fishermen receive RM10,000 each from Parliamentary Agriculture Development Council
THIRTY-NINE fishermen who were living in dilapidated homes due to financial constraints are thankful that their applications to repair their homes had since been approved by the Parliamentary Agriculture Development Council.
With the approved allocation of RM312,000, with each receiving a maximum of RM10,000, the fishermen can now repair their homes.
Azhar Yunus, 46, from Kampung Bukit Tembok, said he was very grateful for the allocation as he previously could not afford to repair his 15-year-old home.
Azhar, who is still single, said he had always wanted a comfortable home, but could not afford one due to his unstable income as a fisherman.
"Though I am single, I still long for a nice home. In the past, this had only been a dream for me," he said.
He said he was thankful that he was now able to carry out some long, overdue repairs.
Meanwhile, Fisheries Development Authority of Malaysia (LKIM), director for Negri Sembilan/Malacca, Baharin Omar, said the repair works would be carried out as soon as a contractor was appointed.
"The financial aid is to ensure every fisherman and his family has a good and safe home to live in," he said.
He was speaking after presenting living allowances for fishermen in the Teluk Kemang parliament constituency at the Teluk Kemang Fishermen's Association hall in Pasir Panjang, near here, recently.
The event was officiated by state executive councillor for Science, Technology and Innovation, Datuk Ismail Taib, who is also the Linggi assemblyman.
Baharin said it was LKIM's aim this year to complete repair works for all the fishermen's homes, while next year, it aimed to build more homes for them.
"I am confident that this allocation will make a huge difference to the quality of the fishermen's lives as their incomes are totally dependant on what they catch in the sea," he added.