A family of five was discovered to be living in a goat’s barn at Kampung Teluk Ipil, Nibong Tebal since the breadwinner of the family had lost his job.
46-year-old Azman Ahmad along with his wife and three children aged 10 to 15 have now been living in a goat’s barn after being evicted from their house after failing to pay the house rent of RM600.
The former carpenter lost his source of income when the latest MCO was announced.
Speaking to FMT, Azman said, “I lost my income and was forced to move out of the rented house and decided to take temporary shelter in this goat barn which isn’t that far from my siblings’ house.
“I’m also thinking of the situation we’re facing right now because we don’t want to trouble our siblings who have other commitments.
“We’re going to live here for awhile and when the economy is much stabler, I will work and find another house to rent.”
Azman also said that he built walls and floors to sleep while they’d use a rechargeable light or candles to illuminate the night.
“When it’s cooking and showering time, I’d take water supply from my siblings’ house nearby. I’m grateful that there are many caring neighbours that also help.”
Azman is thankful to those who have showed sympathy to his family and did not realise they would receive immediate help.
Officer of Zakat Pulau Pinang (ZZP) Daerah Seberang Perai Selatan, Ahmad Zaidan Shahidan said that the organisation has given them a one-off donation of RM300 for the family.
“At the same time, we’re considering to pay three months of house rent to ease the burden of the family.
“The Department of Social Welfare will help Azman with finding a suitable job for him since his field of work is restricted due to the lockdown.”