Saving Grace from the Blaze

Transit house key handover ceremony, from the penghulu to Abdul Halim

Four transit house residents of Taman Bayu Damai, Pengerang, Johor had their three houses destroyed in a fire and one with its bedroom severely damaged at 10.00pm on 7th December 2020.

The 15 victims’ plight came to the attention of Kumpulan Prasarana Rakyat Johor Sdn Bhd (KPRJ) through its subsidiary KPRJ Development Sdn Bhd (KDSB) as the operator of the transit house in Taman Bayu Damai, entrusted by the Johor State Economic Planning Division (BPENJ).

In order to help ease the burden of the fire victims, KPRJ was tasked by BPENJ and the Kota Tinggi District Office (PDKT) to immediately identify 4 vacant transit housing units and refurbish them – which was done within 10 days as required by BPENJ and PDKT. The victims received their house keys in a handover ceremony held on 20th December 2020 at the transit house in Taman Bayu Damai.

The main handover ceremony was completed by the Managing Director of Tanjung Surat Sub-District, Md Faizul Md Fadzil. Arry Nazroun bin Ahmad, Assistant Managing Director of KDSB, along with Members of State Assemblymen (ADUN) & BPENJ were also present.

Umi Amira Buang, one of the victims, said, “I am grateful that our home, which was destroyed in the fire, has been replaced by a new house that is comfortable for our family, otherwise we would not have a roof over our head. Thank you, BPENJ, PDKT and KPRJ”.

KPRJ also provided monetary donations to all the fire victims in order to ease their burden in purchasing necessities.

The transit house project was built to provide temporary accommodation for residents that were involved in the development of the Pengerang Integrated Petroleum Complex (PIPC) consisting of former temporary occupancy license (TOL) holders, tenants and squatters in Pengerang, Kota Tinggi District, Johor. 150 units of transit houses in Taman Bayu Damai, a type of 1-storey longhouse were built on 6.20 acres of land.