MALACCA: Engineer Lim Lai Huat was the apple of his mother’s eye.
He was a caring son and his seven younger siblings adored him.
However, fate dealt a fatal blow when the 36-year-old bachelor became the sixth person in Malacca to die from the dreaded dengue fever.
Dabbing her cheeks wet from tears, 61-year-old Lai Han Moi said her eldest son had bought handphones for his three brothers and four sisters, and also a motorcycle for the family.
When Lai and her husband Lim Pat Luan, 65, were in hospital for dengue, Lai Huat would never miss a chance to visit them.
Unfortunately, he also contracted the disease and was admitted to the hospital on Sept 11.
He died on Sept 22.
Lai said she was admitted on Aug 28, and soon after she was discharged her husband was warded.
After that, two of their younger children, an 18-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl, were admitted along with Lai Huat, who works at Myanmas Precision Engineering Sdn Bhd in Malim Jaya.
Just before he was infected, Lai Huat had bought moon cakes and pomeloes for the family.
Lai said it was painful for the family that five of them had to be hospitalised for dengue.
And, it was heart-wrenching that the one the family depended on for inspiration and strength did not make it.
“He took good care of us,” said Lai when met at the family home in Lorong Bukit Senjuang here.
Their neighbourhood and Peringgit Jaya are deemed high-risk areas for dengue.
“Although Lai Huat stayed in an apartment nearby, he would make it a point to see us daily before he went home,” said his mum.
She added that when she or her husband needed to go to Kuala Lumpur for any medical treatment he would drive them there.
State health, human resources and consumer affairs committee chairman Datuk Seah Kwi Tong said to date, health officers had checked 75,777 premises and 520 of them were found to have aedes mosquitoes breeding.
As of yesterday, 11 people have been warded and two are said to be recovering from dengue haemorrhagic fever.
A total of 397 summonses have been issued by health officers against errant occupants.
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