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Batu Sapi villagers living in extreme poverty, says PAS

Published on: Monday, July 28, 2014

Kota Kinabalu: Extreme poverty and unhygienic living conditions was how Kelantan PAS Youth Chief Ustaz Fahdli Shaari described his visit to four villages in Batu Sapi, Sandakan recently.

Fahdli, who is also PAS Youth Exco, said he was shocked to discover that there are still people who live under extremely poor living conditions, particularly in Batu Sapi, which is located in the East Coast of Sabah.

"There are many poor people in Kelantan but the situation is not as bad as what I saw here. I never thought that there are those still literally living under houses or even houses where there are no walls," he said.

"I am tired of seeing this poverty and I was not mentally prepared to see the poor living condition here," he added.

Fahdli said this after handing over daily essential items and monetary donations to 35 poor families from four villages, namely Kg. Lupak Meluas Darat, Kg. Lupak Meluas Laut, Kg. Karamunting and Taman Po Hing during a 'Menjejak Asnaf' programme.

The programme was organised by Dewan PAS Malaysia in collaboration with Batu Sapi PAS Youth and Sandakan PAS Youth.

Selangor-based non-governmental organisation Persatuan Jaringan Siswazah Malaysia (Jasa), represented by Sabah Jasa Head Khairul Anuar Muhammad, also presented donations to the poor families.

Also present were Batu Sapi PAS Chief Hamzah Abdullah, Batu Sapi PAS Youth Haris Alimudin and Sandakan Youth PAS Samsul Rijal.

"Each year the tithe collected would reach up to a billion ringgit but the poverty rate, particularly among Muslims remains high," said Haris.

He hoped that those responsible for distributing the tithe would also organise similar programme as 'Menjejak Asnaf' to ensure those in need are not sidelined.

He said PAS Youth would continue the commitment in assisting the people in the Batu Sapi, adding that they plan to repair run-down houses in the area.