Noradilah Rani, 33, whose husband died in March after contracting Covid-19 from the tabligh event at the Seri Petaling mosque, was recently given the necessary equipment to run her online business.
The widow, a mother of six, was given a freezer, deep fryer as well as RM500 to restart the fried chicken business.
Noradilah said she originally started selling fried chicken with her husband before he died.
“We did it on a small scale and sold to those living in our apartment complex.
“Now I am planning to expand the business by advertising and taking orders online,” she said when met at her home in Bakar Batu.
Noradilah added that she will also continue her husband’s security grill workshop.
Present to hand over the money for the startup was Yayasan Suria founder James Ho and Ihsan Johor chief executive officer Farrah Faridah Baptist.
Noradilah’s husband, Mohammad Yusof Haron, was diagnosed with Covid-19 on March 13 at Hospital Permai here.
She and four of her children were also placed in the same hospital as they had tested positive and needed treatment.
They were discharged once they were cleared of the virus after 16 days.
“The last time we ever saw him was through a video call before he was placed in intensive care.
“On March 17, my brother-in-law called to inform that he had died,” she said, adding that she was devastated and at a loss over what to do.
She said losing her husband was painful and hard to bear, especially to Covid-19.
“I hope the public will not discriminate against the victims of the virus.
“The community must not stigmatise or shun those who have recovered or were close to someone who have had the virus because this would only add to the pain and sadness in their lives,” she said.