BUKIT MERTAJAM: Eleven-year-old Nur-bayti Md Dali, who quit school since Year One to look after her obese mother Nurhaniza Ahmad in Kampung Kebun Sireh here, is keen on going back to school.
The timid girl, who shyly plays with her cats, Comel and Pak Tam, said her father Md Dali Ismail, had plans to send her to a religious school in Pokok Sena, Tasek Gelugor, next year.
“I want to go back to school, but I feel sad to leave my mother at home because the school hours there are long, from 9am and 4pm on weekdays,” she said at her home yesterday.
On Wednesday, Nurhaniza, 35, a housewife, who weighs 170kg, told reporters that she was dependent on her only daughter Nurbayti to bathe her and cook for the family.
She said it had been two years since she stepped out of the house and had to drag herself around the house as every time she tried to stand up, her knees would fail her.
Nurhaniza used to weigh 110kg five years ago, but claimed she started putting on weight after taking some Indonesian jamu tablets (traditional medication) to relieve muscular pain in her knees.
Md Dali and Nurhaniza divorced seven years ago and two years later, Nurhaniza married Abu Bakar Hashim, 50, who lost a leg in a motorcycle accident when he was 16. He earns about RM700 a month as an odd-job worker.
“I do not wish to be a selfish mother and deprive my daughter of a good education. If there are people willing to help sponsor her studies, I will be extremely grateful.”
She said her family was used to living with bare necessities. They only have a television set, a refrigerator, a radio, a table fan and a motorcycle.
The bare hall is also used as their bedroom, while the narrow washing area outside is used as a bathroom. The water is murky.
Nurbayti has no books or dolls, but only two soiled soft toys that she cuddles to sleep.
Nurhaniza said her 40-year-old wooden stilt house, which belonged to her foster sister in Kuala Lumpur, was also crumbling.
Penang Umno public complaints and welfare secretariat (Sepakat) chief operating officer Azlina Mehtab Mohd Ishaq said those keen on helping Nurhaniza’s family, could contact the Sepakat office on Level 2, MPSP Municipal Court building, Lorong Kampung Jawa, Bagan Luar, Butterworth, or call Ida or Shima at 04-333 2155.