TAWAU: Fire victims in Kampung Otentik, Tanjung Batu, near here, were touched with the visit by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah today.
Although saddened by the incident which left them homeless, His Majesty's presence managed to lift their spirit.
Hakim Lira, 77, who is disabled, said he was very excited and happy, for he never expected to meet the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
“Meeting His Majesty was a lifetime experience. Although he was busy with his schedule, he still took time to come and meet us.
"We are deeply moved and very pleased with this visit. We pray for his health and that he is protected by God always," he said here, today.
Meanwhile, Lamba Baba, 66, who also received the aid said the chance to shake hands with His Majesty was an unforgettable experience.
“Yesterday, I saw him on TV during the National Day parade in Putrajaya. Today, I met him here.
"Thank you for spending time to visit us and hand out aid," he added.
Sultan Abdullah, who arrived at Masjid Al-Mukarramah, Tanjung Batu at 10.10am, was briefed on the fire before spending about an hour meeting affected families and giving out the aids.
Also present were chief minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal and state speaker Tun Juhar Mahiruddin.
Sultan Abdullah expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the Implementation Coordination Unit of the Prime Minister's Department and the Sabah government for assisting the fire victims.
"I find out about the fire when I was in Indonesia. In fact, there was another fire in Kampung Lembing, Pahang on National Day which claimed two lives. I decided to come here first before going to Pahang," he added.
Sultan Abdullah hoped the state government would look into rebuilding the homes of fire victims in the village.
"I also leave it to the state government to ensure victims get a place to stay for the time being.
In the fire last Monday, 69 homes were destroyed, leaving 511 victims homeless.