GEORGE TOWN: A retired policeman has vowed to give half of his December pension payments for the next 19 years to two orphaned sisters who survived a horrific highway crash after their parents died shielding them.
That adds up to RM9,500 until 2036 and former L/Kpl A. Arol Jesuthasan, 57, also resolves to “keep an eye on them” until they grow up.
He said the RM500 was to help Khairiyah Alisha Khosim, 10, and her 18-month-old sister Khaira Amni prepare for the following school year.
Moved by the children’s uncertain future – highlighted in The Star since mid-May – Arol went to Penang Hospital and gave his pledge in writing to their grandmother Ashah Ariffin, 53, yesterday.
Rotary Club of George Town public relations director Don Law witnessed the pledge.
“I will constantly call to check on them and visit the kids as they move from primary to secondary school,” said Arol, who was accompanied by wife M. Susheela Devi, 49.
He said he knew of many underprivileged kids but felt inspired to help because of the tragedy they went through.
The sisters are still recovering from their injuries in the crash on April 29.
Ashah said Khairiyah still needed more surgery on her broken legs while Khaira would have to learn to walk again after all the toes on her right foot were amputated.
“It’s a mixed feeling of happiness and sadness to see people helping us in so many ways,” she said.
Rescuers found the children locked in their dead parents’ embrace after their father Khosim Ismail, 32, lost control of the lorry they were in and crashed into the back of another vehicle on the North-South Expressway near Sungai Bakap.
Khosim and his wife, Khairunnisa Ahmad Kamaluddin, 31, had hugged their kids seconds before the crash.
Donations can be made into the Rotary Club of George Town’s CIMB account number 8004296626 under the name “Donation to KK sisters”.
Cheques can also be mailed to the club at P.O. Box 1101, 10840 Penang, with the given name written on the back.
For details, call club president Beh Chin Tat at 012-474 6282 or Law at 012-433 1155.