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This Kelantan Man Has Been Living In A Storeroom Without Water & Electricity For 13 Years

Ismail, who only makes RM150 a month, says that he often eats plain rice with salt when he can't catch fish at a nearby river.

Cover image via Siti Rohana Idris/Harian Metro

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A man in Kelantan has been living alone in a storeroom at a rubber plantation for the past 13 years

Harian Metro reported that 60-year-old Ismail Dolah has been living there since 2008 after the death of his parents.

Previously, he stayed at his sister's home for several months. However, the elderly rubber tapper decided to live where he worked.

He said, "I make a living as a rubber tapper here and my employer allowed me to live in this storeroom although there's no water supply and electricity."

In order to get water, Ismail would have to hike up a hill to get to a well.

At night, he uses a candle as a source of light.

"Candlelight is the only thing to brighten up the darkness of the night and when it comes to water supply, besides carrying water from a well, I also collect rainwater to be used for washing and bathing," he explained.

The man, who has never been married, said that he makes around RM150 a month. Therefore, he is unable to eat as frequently or as lavishly compared to others.

He explained to Harian Metro that oftentimes, he goes fishing at a river nearby but if he doesn't catch any fish, he would eat plain rice with salt.

"The salt is just used to add flavour because I don't practise eating budu due to my conditions such as high blood pressure and since I live alone in a remote area like this, I need to take care of my health," he elaborated.

Ismail recently received a donation of solar panels as well as some food from kind folks who were made aware of his situation

"My luck is quite good because recently there were individuals who found out about my condition and came forward to provide two units of solar panels in addition to donating some food," he said.

Recently, a group of community activists from the Cempaka Merah Asnaf Society (CMS) paid him a visit to pass over some money as well as kitchen supplies.

For those who would like to contribute or donate to Ismail, you may do so by contacting him at +6013-8070796.

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