SANDAKAN: A group of single mothers, so obsessed to meet Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, declared that her presence has made their day.
“I don’t care if I don’t get to speak to her, I just want to see her in person,” said retired civil servant Fatimah Gimbang.
Fatimah, 62, was one of the 14 single mothers and senior citizens who met the Deputy Prime Minister when she visited Kampung Sim Sim yesterday.
She said she admired Dr Wan Azizah and harboured the hope to meet her in person one day.
“I did not expect to see her face-to-face today. It has made my day and I am speechless,” said the single mother, whose husband died 16 years ago.
Fatimah said her son migrated to Kuala Lumpur and she was now looking after her 15-year-old grandchild.
Senior citizen Badariah Umar, 80, said she did not want to miss the chance to meet Dr Wan Azizah.
“I always see her on television. But it is different having her in the same room,” said the widow.
Her husband died years ago.
Badariah said she was assisted by her two sisters to move around as her legs were weak.
Dr Wan Azizah, who was accompanied by Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Christina Liew, said her visit was to meet the people in conjunction with Ramadan.
She said efforts to help senior citizens and single mothers should not only be the sole responsibility of the government, as non-governmental organisations could also assist.
“Strategic cooperation is needed as the country is moving towards an ageing nation by 2030.
“Today, a Sandakan-based NGO – Persatuan Komuniti Prihatin Sabah – is giving out daily essentials to this group to lessen their burden during the fasting month,” she said.