KUALA KRAI: Some 180 Eco World Development Group Berhad employees spent their weekend putting together a cabin for a family of 13 whose home was washed away during the massive floods almost two years ago.
Led by its divisional general manager Datin Natrah Abdullah, the staff spent their nights sleeping in tents pitched on a football field in Kampung Manek Urai Lama since Friday.
Odd-job labourer Raja Kecik Raja Yusof said he and his wife were pleased to have been chosen.
“I have 11 children. I am happy to finally have a roof over our heads. I’ve been staying at my relative’s house all this time,” he said.
Natrah said EcoWorld staff fixed the plumbing, wiring, roofing and the cement floor for the cabin within two days.
“The 6m by 3m cabin costs RM8,000.
“This is the eighth cabin we have built in Kuala Krai. The workmanship is provided by our employees for free.
“Raja Kecik’s family will now be able to live in their own house,” she said at the completion of the project yesterday.
The project was officially closed by EcoWorld chief executive officer and president Datuk Chang Khim Wah, who also helped put the finishing touches on the cabin.
Since the floods devastated the town in 2014, EcoWorld has been providing essentials such as food and helping to clean the mud-filled homes and schools as part of its corporate social responsibility programmes.
Chang said he was pleased with the sacrifices made by the employees, adding that he appreciated their voluntary spirit.
“I hope that this spirit does not disappear anytime soon because the monsoon season is just around the corner,” he said.
EcoWorld and EcoWorld Foundation, headed by Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, raised RM260,000 to help 250 families in Kuala Krai and Temangan, Machang, since January 2015.-thestar