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Help for poor elderly couple after paper highlighted their plight

22nd May, 2020


TAWAU: An elderly couple staying in a dilapidated shack at the former rubbish dump site in Jalan Damai here received assistance including offers to relocate them after their plight was highlighted by New Sabah Times on Wednesday.

Sixty-three-year-old Jurrah Abdul Halim said she and her husband, Amil Bala, 70, were visited by various quarters and given both food and financial aid yesterday.

The elderly couple had expressed their gratitude to the concerns shown by the public and the assistance extended to them.

Amil was reluctant to move out from the place he and his wife had called home for over four years.

“We received offers to relocate but we needed some time to think about it. If possible it has to be after Aidil Fitri,” Jurrah said.

Majlis Permuakatan Sri Tahfiz Al-Baghdadi Tawau director Roslan Ramli said his organisation assisted the couple after seeing the condition of the shack they were living in.

“There are several suitable houses we have identified which they can move to and I hope they will consider the offer. We will pay for the rental and utilities and look after their welfare,” Roslan said.

Meanwhile, Kalabakan Umno also provided help to the elderly couple. Its chairman, Andy Muhammad Suryadi Andi Bandy handed over basic necessities to Amil and his wife and hoped that could lessen their burden.

Andy Muhammad also hoped more people would come forward to provide assistance to the elderly couple.

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