JOHOR BARU: A ex-army officer hopes his newborn great grand-daughter will one-day become a sri kandi (respected female figure) as she was born on Malaysia Day.
Former first warrant officer Abu Bakar Hamzah, 79, was over the moon when his granddaughter Siti Hawa Saadah Hamid gave birth to a baby girl on a day of national significance.
“As a military man, Malaysia Day is very important to me and it has become even more meaningful with the birth of my great grand-daughter.
“I hope one day, she will become a sri kandi. Maybe she can even take after her father and I and join the military force when she grows up,” he said.
Siti Hawa Saadah gave birth to a 3.53kg baby girl named Siti Aesyah Amani through a caesarean section at about 12.34am on Sept 16.
Her husband Capt Muhammad Yusri Mohd Yunos, who is an army officer, also expressed joy and excitement as the couple welcomed their first child on Malaysia Day.
“We are glad and proud that she was born on Malaysia Day.
“All we want is for her to be healthy and happy always,” said the new mother when met at Columbia Asia Hospital here.
The other couple to welcome a newborn on Malaysia Day were Allen Wee, 34, and Rachel Pan, 33.
Their second child was born at 8.47am on Sept 16.
“She arrived early as I was only due on Sept 21,” said Pan of her baby girl who weighed 3.3kg.
The proud parents were also excited that their newborn was brought into the world on a date that is close to the hearts of many Malaysians.
A total of five babies including three girls were delivered at the hospital as of 2.30pm on Malaysia Day.