MELAKA: A new mother, Siti Aisyah Abdullah, forgoes her confinement period and splits her time between caring for her baby and looking after her altruistic grandmother who has been bedridden for almost a year.
The plight of the 30-year-old from Taman Machap Bestari in Alor Gajah has moved Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali who pledged to help her.
Siti Aisyah said her 86-year-old grandmother K. Pasupathuy Karapaya had always been a source of inspiration for her since she was a child.
“Although I just gave birth to my first child in September, my grandma’s health is still a priority to me.
“Patti (grandmother in Tamil) used to be a strong woman, doing backbreaking jobs just to give me the best when I was growing up, ” she said when interviewed here.
“She was the sole breadwinner after her husband died many years ago.
“Grandma has six children and three of them have passed away.”
She added that the three surviving children visited occasionally.
Siti Aisyah said her grandmother used to do charitable work for the community when she was young.
Spending most of her childhood with Pasupathuy has instilled in her noble values and courtesy.
Siti Aisyah said her grandmother now needed nutritional food as her weak health made her prone to ailments, in addition to attentive care, especially now that she had developed bedsores.
Siti Aisyah said her husband Ahmad Yazid Saiful Bahari, 30, worked as a school gardener and they were struggling to pay the medical expenses.
“I need close to RM1,000 a month, ” she said.
Melaka Consumer and Environment Association’s welfare chief Shahrudin Sulaiman said he would approach local pharmaceutical companies to help provide food supplements to Pasupathuy.
He had also sent an appeal to the Chief Minister.
When contacted, Sulaiman said he would ask his officers to render help to Siti Aisyah.
“I am really touched by her dedication to her grandmother and I will look into her plight, ” he assured.