Quiet Raya for former postmaster and wife


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  • Sunday, 24 May 2020

Down memory lane: Yussoff and Wan Chah viewing old photos with their children through video call at their home in Balik Pulau, Penang.

BALIK PULAU: Hari Raya Aidilfitri will be a lonely affair for former postmaster Yussoff Johar and wife Wan Chah Wan Chik as they will miss having their four children and eight grandchildren.

Yussoff and Wan Chah, both 65, said it would be especially melancholy for them even though they acknowledged that the separation was necessary due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We accept the fact that this Hari Raya Aidilfitri will not be the same as before, ” said Yussoff.

He said his four children live in Serdang, Puchong, Setia Alam and Melaka with their own families and hoped to be back in Penang to celebrate.

But because of the interstate travel ban, the trips were cancelled.

“Our home will be a bit quiet without our grandchildren running in and out of the house, ” he said.

Wan Chah said she only made ketupat and their children’s favourite rendang and a few varieties of cookies.

She said her children couriered Raya cookies a few days ago.

She said she decided not to cook dodol as their children would not be with them.

“Normally, they would all be here to help us, but since they are not here, we decided to skip the dodol, ” she said.

Wan Chah said they would celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri with close relatives and neighbours in Kampung Bukit Kechik here.

She hoped the pandemic would be over soon and they could meet their children again.

“I hope we can all see each other soon, ” she said.

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