SANDAKAN: "I don't care if I don't get to speak to her, I just want to see her in person."
This was one of the things that was overheard as a group of 14 single mothers and senior citizens waited to meet with Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail when she visited Kampung Sim Sim on Sunday (May 5).
Retired civil servant Fatimah Gimbang, 62, said seeing Wan Azizah face to face made her day.
The single mother of two said her son had already migrated to Kuala Lumpur but she still had a 15-year-old grandchild to care for.
Wan Azizah stopped by to meet the group of women on her visit to Sandakan, where earlier she also went on a walkabout at the tamu (weekly market) downtown and made house-to-house visit.
Senior citizen Badariah Umar, 80, was unable to walk properly without assistance, said she did not want to miss the chance to meet the Deputy Prime Minister.
"I have always seen her on television, but it is different from having her in the same room," said the widow.
She said she had to be assisted by her two sisters in moving around, but just had to meet the Deputy Prime Minister in person.
Meanwhile, Wan Azizah, who was accompanied by Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Christina Liew, said the visit was apt as Ramadan was just around the corner.
She said the duty of helping senior citizens and single mothers did not only fall to the government but also non-governmental organisation (NGOs), whose assistance was encouraged and welcomed.
"Today, we witnessed a Sandakan-based NGO, Persatuan Komuniti Prihatin Sabah (PKPS), presenting some daily essentials to this group. Hopefully, it will assist them in welcoming the fasting month," she said.