GEORGE TOWN: Mother-of-four Noor Haslina Yaakob has been looking after her two nephews who lost both their parents within a year.
The 45-year-old housewife even learnt sign language to communicate with one of the boys who was born deaf.
“There is nobody else to care for them. They have been with me for some time and to me they are my children, there is no difference.
“It is important to me that they know they are loved and we are a family, ” said the 45-year-old housewife yesterday.
Both Mohamad Eddy Eiskandar Nazly, six, and Mohamad Danidarwish Nazly, nine, have been staying with their aunt since September last year.
Their mother died of lung-related disease in 2017 while the father passed away due to heart-related issue last year.
Noor Haslina, whose children are aged between 11 and 15, said they had to learn sign language to communicate with Eddy Eiskandar.
“We learnt the basics earlier but now that he is in school, we need to learn more after consulting his teacher to ensure we understand him, ” she said when met at a Family Day event organised by the Datuk Keramat constituency Women and Family Development Committee at the City Stadium here yesterday.
Noor Haslina spent the morning painting Eddy Eiskandar’s face and body in green for the fashion show.
“I painted Eddy with watercolour and cut a pair of jeans to make him look like Incredible Hulk which is his favourite superhero.
“Mohamad Danidarwish wanted to be Captain America so we got him a costume.
“All I want is for the children to be happy.
“My kids are slightly older so these two are now the babies in the house, ” she said.
The children were also seen enjoying themselves by playing congkak, sand art, a senior fashion show, dance performances as well as various booths offering healthcare and financial planning.
Datuk Keramat constituency Women and Family Development Committee President Khaty Gurwant Kaur said the event was to bring the community together to unwind on a Sunday.
“People are busy and live hectic lives, and we want them to just come out and have fun.
“Our main goal is to have unity in the community so we hold multicultural events that emphasise on family activities. There is something for everyone, ” she said.
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