MALACCA: This Hari Raya will be a special occasion for 89-year-old Siti Aishah Kassim as her small wooden house has been given a new look.
This is following a visit by 12 Bosnian students from International Islamic University who spent a day cleaning and painting her rented home.
“This Hari Raya is special because my old house now has a new look,” said Siti Aishah, who has been living on her own in Kampung Semabok since her husband died 10 years ago.
Although she has two children who are married, Siti Aishah lives an independent life of her own.
To support herself, she works as a helper at a nearby food stall where she earns RM50 a week.
“I work from 6am to 2pm. I help to wash the dishes and cut the vegetables,” she said yesterday.
However, Siti Aishah could barely make ends meet with her RM200 monthly salary as RM160 goes to her house rent.
The 12 students decided to help Siti Aishah after learning about her plight.
“In this holy month of Ramadan, we want to do some charity work and help her so that she does not feel forgotten,” said 22-year-old student Vedad Pinjo, who is majoring in Economics.
“We collected some money among ourselves and we came to help others who are in need,” he said, adding that the project was under the Malaysia Bosnian Club's Kenang Budi programme.
Student Dzenan Mujezinovic, 20, said:
“This is our way of showing our appreciation towards the Malaysian Government for the help given to us.”
Shariff Hamid, co-ordinator of the programme, said they would organise similar projects for Christmas and Chinese New Year.
Tengku Azman Tengku Zainal Abidin, who accompanied the students to Siti Aishah's house, has pledged to donate RM300 a month from his company Interactive Channel Sdn Bhd to Siti Aishah as he did not want her to work anymore.
Siti Aishah said she was happy and thankful to God.
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