Representatives of each of the five families were present to receive the donations, amounting to $16,350 from Acting Director of Japem Hjh Misnah Hj Bolhassan at the ministry's headquarters.
One of the recipients, Muhammad Raimi Abdul Rahman@ Ramli Anak Umi, expressed his gratitude to His Majesty's Government in helping his family to lessen their burden.
"I feel happy and I want to thank Japem for helping us," said Muhammad Raimi whose house is located at Kg Sukang, Ulu Belait.
On behalf of his family, Muhammad Raimi received $800 from the department.
He said that he did not know when the fire occured.
"I was working at Belait during the fire. My father was at the house but was only notified by my neighbours when my house was on fire," he explained.
Other recipients included Jefri Hj Asri, Hj Madani Hj Abu Bakar, Hj Yusof Hussin and Samshol Basri.
The Community Development Department had provided the victims with food, blankets and pillows for a week after the fire affected the families. — Susan Shim
The Brunei Times