KOTA KINABALU: A single mother who lived in a one-room shack has now received a piece of land of her own, thanks to the efforts of her child’s teacher and school principal.
Rosnia @ Annie Marambal, 36, had lived in the one-room shack with her three children in Kampung Kandawayon in Kudat for three years and their living conditions turned worse when her husband died of electrocution in Jan this year.
She earns between RM10 and RM20 daily as an oil palm estate labourer or by helping villagers in their fruit orchards to support her children Fiona Tai Chong, 14, Norhayati Maratim, 11, and Frederik, nine.
Rosnia’s plight was first highlighted by The Star in May.
SK Parapat teacher Zahari Mohamad found out about the family’s bleak living conditions when he wanted to express his concern to Rosnia about Frederik who is a slow learner.
Zahari followed Frederik home one day and was shocked to see the family’s living conditions.
He then informed the school principal Suahib Onggong, who sought help from the local community, including the school’s staff and Parent-Teacher Association to collect funds to buy a piece of land for the family.
On Friday, Zahari and Suahib witnessed the handing over ceremony of a 0.4ha land in Kampung Rukom Darat to Rosnia.
Zahari said the land cost RM7,000, while RM10,000 was paid to carry out reclamation works.
“The reclamation job could have cost more but the contractor agreed to lower the price,” he added.
Suahib said the Kudat District Office had also given their approval to release funds to build a house on the land, located about 4 km from Rosnia’s old shack.