Family abruptly told to move out after a visit from Umno well-wisher
By EMBUN MAJID
ALOR SETAR: Two hours after a poor family received a visit from the Kedah Umno deputy chairman, they were given 24 hours to vacate the rented makeshift room in a motorcycle workshop in Jalan Alor Mengkudu here.
Rasilawati Mohammad, 38, said the workshop mechanic told her husband Sabri Samad, 44, that the premises owner, Zakaria Omar, wanted the family to move out of the room immediately.
“We were given until 2pm today (yesterday) to move out.
“My husband called (Kedah Umno deputy chairman) Datuk Paduka Ahmad Bashah (Md Hanipah) to tell him of our ordeal.
“The same evening, Alor Mengkudu Federal Security and Development Committee chairman Abdul Rahman Ismail offered us to temporarily stay at his parents’ house some 500m away,” she said yesterday.
Rasilawati said she was told by the mechanic that Zakaria wanted them to move out because he feared for their safety.
“If that is so, why must he give us only one day to find a new place? Furthermore, he knew that we have been staying here for almost a year now,” she said.
Rasilawati said her family paid the monthly rent of RM100 to Zakaria, who is believed to be a PAS supporter, through the mechanic who rents the front portion.
The family has been staying in the room with five of their six children aged between 11 months and 14 years.
Sabri earns about RM500 a month as a carpenter.
Ahmad Bashah said he was surprised that the family had been asked to move out.
“I do not know if the incident was politically motivated. “If it is true, then it would be a shame since my intention was to help a poor family,” he said.
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