PETALING JAYA: A mother raised her 16 children and also took care of her paralysed husband with just RM150 a month. The Star’s Malay-language portal mStar reported that entrepreneur Mohd Yazid Ismail shared his family’s story of survival of caring for 16 siblings.
“I have 15 siblings and 11 of my siblings – including myself – are boys. There are people who would feel stressed and sad when they give birth to five boys in a row.
“But to my mother, she felt relaxed when she had 11 boys, ” he said on a Facebook post on Aug 7.
According to mStar, Mohd Yazid said he was amazed by his parents’ perseverance in raising them until they each managed to pursue tertiary education in universities.
Mohd Yazid, who has four children himself, recounted that his father suffered a stroke and was paralysed when his mother was pregnant with the youngest sibling in 1991.
Following that, Mohd Yazid said his family lost their primary source of income and lived a very hard life.
“There were no savings because back then we just had enough to survive. Alhamdulillah, the mosque then gave us RM150 every month, ” he said.
“My mother then raised all 16 of us and at the same time, took care of my father who was paralysed with only RM150 a month. How could we have survived? These were all Allah’s workings, it was His blessings.”
Mohd Yazid, who is the 11th child, said being in that situation had also taught the siblings to be independent.
Since primary school, Mohd Yazid said all of them had contributed by taking on jobs such as being labourers, collecting bottles and cans to sell, farming and others.
He noted that despite their tough life, he did not once see his mother give up raising them nor see her cry.
Mohd Yazid said he was grateful for what their older siblings had sacrificed to ensure that the younger ones were able to survive.