PETALING JAYA: Amidst a call to boycott non-Muslim products, one Malaysian has shared an important story of how Malaysians of different faiths volunteered their time and money to bring his sick father home from London.
Recounting the incident that happened three years ago, Fadhli Sahar said it had taught him that Malaysia is stronger when Malaysians help each other without racial or religious discrimination.
Fadhli said he and his family were stranded in London after his father suffered a stroke and was hospitalised with a hefty bill of RM10,000 per day.
"During discussion with hospital administration, they gave us an option to cut my father's life support. It means we would end his life just to cut the bill," he said in a Facebook post Saturday (Sept 7).
The situation became worse when they learned that the air ambulance from London to Malaysia would cost nearly half a million ringgit.
Fadhli said he felt demotivated and depressed because they could not do anything to bring his father home.
"One day, a Malay woman called me to offer some help. She was working in one of the universities in London and said she had some friends, medical doctors who were willing to help," he said.
Elated to receive some support, Fadhli said they then started a campaign to raise £25,000 (RM128,148.98) to fund the hospital bill.
Fadhli, however, said he was sceptical that Malaysians would donate.
To his surprise, a Malaysian immediately offered to donate RM30,000.
Fadhli said when he called the number of the philanthropist, he was surprised to hear a Chinese man on the other end of the line.
"He is a Malaysian who does business in London. We said thank you many times for the donation and he replied 'Never mind, never mind. I hope by donating the money I'll get good health and prosperous aaa (sic)'," Fadhli said.
When they finally started arranging to repatriate his sick father back to Malaysia, the airline required them to get a companion doctor.
Fadhli said the doctors' service did not come free, as they charged for services, hotel stays and other expenses.
"Suddenly, a group of Malay doctors told us that they found a volunteer doctor. A specialist with experience," Fadhli wrote.
"When I met the companion doctor, he was Indian. He was so passionate in helping stranded Malaysians and he did it for free. No fees and charges to be paid by using his services," he said.
Fadhli said with everyone's generosity, they were able to bring his father home safely.
"From that moment, I know that we can achieve our goals by cooperating with each other. We can save human lives. We can create big things if we hang together!"
Fadhli said he was touched to receive help from various strangers, because he and his family were merely ordinary citizens.
"However, being citizens of Malaysia gives us an advantage and privileges that never happened (sic) to any citizen in the world.
"That's why I am proud to be Malaysian. That's why I'm proud my country has different people, different background and different races but we have the same heart," he wrote.
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