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Relative burns down house of blind women

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ARAU: Three blind elderly women were left homeless when their 100-year-old ancestral home in Kampung Titi Besi was destroyed in a blaze.

Halijah Ibrahim, 78, Che Manai, 73, and Che Zainah Che Ibrahim, 67, suffered losses of about RM10,000 in the 3.30pm fire on Sunday that was allegedly caused by a disgruntled relative.

“He asked me for RM50. When I said that I did not have the money, he became enraged and left the house.

“I had just ironed my Hari Raya clothes and put it in the cupboard but fate intervened,” Che Manai said.

The women lost cash, jewellery, documents including a land grant and Hari Raya clothes in the fire.

Their plight caught the attention of the Raja Muda of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail, and Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azlan Man who visited them with Guar Sanji assemblyman Mohd Ridzuan Hashim.

They are now taking shelter at their handicrafts workshop which is located adjacent to their burnt-out home.

Azlan said the state government would work with the Perlis Islamic and Malay Cus­toms Council to build a new house for them.

State police chief Datuk Noor Mushar Mo­­ha­­mad said they had arrested the women’s relative. — Bernama

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