Tax exec and family caring for kids of frontliners

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 25 Mar 2020

Helping hand: Nurul Nabilah (centre) happy to care for children of frontliners at her temporary childcare centre in Johor Baru. — mStar

PETALING JAYA: A woman has opened a temporary childcare centre for medical professionals working at the Hospital Sultan Ismail (HSI) in Johor Baru to help care for their children during the movement control order (MCO).

Nurul Nabilah Mohd Zohar, 26, who is a former pre-school employee, said that her mother gave her the idea after the Prime Minister’s announcement of the MCO on March 16.

Nurul Nabilah, who is now a tax executive, said the idea then became reality when her office also decided to stop work during the two-week MCO period.

“My house is only five minutes away from HSI and it was my mother who came up with the idea for the temporary childcare centre.

“She said other people had already donated money and food, so she asked if we could provide manpower.

“So, after I posted an advertisement on Facebook, 10 doctors and nurses approached us.

“There was even a police officer (who approached us) but in the end, only one family decided to send (their children) to us, ” she told mStar, The Star’s Malay language online portal.

Following her advertisement, Nurul Nabilah said a nurse sent four of her children to her place.

“She sends them around 12.30pm and picks them up at 10pm.

“I was only expecting about two families because we wanted to avoid the place from being too crowded as it may be risky for the children, ” she added.

Nurul Nabilah said that she and her three siblings, Izzati Nabihah, 28, Izzati Najihah, 21, and Nadzirah, 18, have offered to help for free as they were sympathetic towards medical professionals who have to handle Covid-19 patients.

She also said that her family sincerely wanted to run the temporary childcare centre as they all had experience working in a pre-school.

“In the past, after I finished school, I worked in a pre-school that was run by my aunt. The four of us have experience working there.

“Now, we are taking care of the four children, and even our mother is helping out. The nurse too even brought food for her kids, but I told her that she did not have to as we would also cook for them.

“Our services are all free. We just feel a lot of sympathy for those working at the frontlines, ” she said.

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