KLANG: Holding their hands to their stomachs, six-year-old Anjasmoro Damar Wulan and her three-year-old brother Sukry cried in hunger.
Nurulhuda Jehan Gani, a mother of six, pulled out a tin of powdered milk and made a watery drink for the two children at their Taman Sentosa home.
The other children Muhamad Fuad aged 10, Nazree aged seven, Ani aged four and one-year-old Amin were also fed a cup of the milk each and a thin slice of bread.
“It has been like this for the past two months but I can’t do much more. The milk powder is actually a sample tin from the clinic where I work,” said the part-time clinic assistant, 27, who earns RM350 monthly.
This was the sad scene that Barisan Nasional candidate for the new Sri Andalas state seat, Kamala Ganapathy, found when she visited the family on Tuesday with Taman Sri Sentosa Umno chairman Murad Yahya.
Nurulhuda's husband, former lorry driver Shukor Sulaiman, 45, was diagnosed with a mental illness.
To make matters worse, Muhamad Fuad, Nazree and Anjasmoro have been diagnosed with thalasaemia minor and each of them need medication costing RM21 weekly while Amin is asthmatic.
Nurulhuda had been forced to sell her furniture, electrical items and other belongings to help make ends.
For the past one month, the children had not been given medication and her husband's medical needs had also been neglected.
Their landlord had told Nurulhuda that they had to move out by Wednesday.
On learning of their woes, Kamala said she would request Pusat Zakat Selangor to provide the family with fees for medical treatment, monthly welfare aid of RM250, food supplies and temporary shelter at a welfare home.
Nurulhuda was informed by Pusat Zakat officials on Friday that the family would receive assistance from the welfare group, which would also pay their monthly rent of RM400 for six months and help them find a new home.
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