While mum works, boy cares for siblings


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  • Saturday, 18 Jul 2020

Compiled by RAHIMY RAHIM, C. ARUNO and R. ARAVINTHAN

A 12-YEAR-OLD boy from Port Dickson, whose mother works in Kuala Lumpur, has been taking care of his two younger siblings since January, reported Harian Metro.

Muhammad Aqil Affendi, said he would cook anything left at home to feed his younger sister Nur Alya Zara, seven, and brother Muhammad Haiqal Zafren, 10, at their home in Kampung Teluk Kemang.

According to Aqil, his single mother Zuraida Ishak, 31, was forced to work in Kuala Lumpur to help the family.

“My mother comes back once or twice a week. We have become independent,” he said.

He added that sometimes his uncle who lives at Rumah Rakyat Teluk Kemang would visit them.

Sharing his experience, he said that his siblings were not “picky eaters”.

“Sometimes I will cook rice and fry eggs or noodles. Our neighbours also give us food,” he said.

“We understand our mother’s situation and she needs to earn money for us, and also pay the RM200 rental each month,” said the Year Six pupil.

“We usually take a nap after school. In the evening, I cook rice and eat whatever we have as my mum will leave us some food whenever she returns home.”

Bagan Pinang assemblyman Datuk Tun Hairudin Abu Bakar has pledged to visit the children to help them.

> Berita Harian reported that a baby girl was found alive in a plastic bag in a rubbish bin near Pasar Kampung Teluk Ketapang, Kuala Nerus, on Wednesday night.

Shop owner Nazri Abd Manaf, 48, said he heard noises at about 10.30pm.

“At that time, I wanted to close my shop but I heard people talking. At first, I thought there was a drug case as many people come to the area which is near a beach.

“I was shocked that they found a baby there,” he said.

The baby was rushed to Hospital Sultanah Nur Zahirah for examination.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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