KUANTAN: Living from hand to mouth, a family of four has to stay in a container, near here, since two months ago after being evicted from their rented room.
Despite the sweltering heat, especially during the day, for Mohd Salleh, 56, resorting to the container in Lorong Air Putih as a shelter for his wife, Siti Aisyah Abdullah, 28, a convert, and their two sons, Muhammad Daniel, six and Muhammad Haiqal, almost two, is not an option.
“Right now we have no choice but to patiently put up with a life which is full of deprivation.
“Prior to this, we rented a room near the Kuantan Market but had to leave as the area is going to be developed,” he said when met by reporters on Sunday.
He said, subsequently landed a job as a pet shop assistant in Jalan Besar at RM30 a day.
Fortunately, his employer was concerned about him and allowed his family to move into the container, which was actually a store, without imposing rent. They used the facilities at a factory nearby to bathe and wash their clothes.
He had also applied for aid from the relevant authorities since last year but had received no response so far.
“In fact, the aid my wife received as a convert has also been stopped after six years.
“I fervently hope someone will help me find a house no matter how small,” he said.
Mohd who was suffering from pain in his back due to a mishap several years ago could not do heavy work.
Meanwhile, their plight came to the attention of the Pahang Charitable and Humanitarian Organisation (Bakkiss), which contributed food and money to the family.
Bakkiss president, Wan Azlan Wan Salleh hoped the public could help send the two boys to school and provide religious guidance for Siti Aisyah. – Bernama