CM praises woman for helping family in dire straits

Selfless: Goh (standing) with (from right) Mohd Amirul, Ariff and Nur Athirah as Chua (left) looks on at Felda Kemendor in Jasin.

MELAKA: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali has highlighted the good deeds of a businesswoman, who went out of her way to help the poor family of a boy who is suffering from leukemia.

“Despite the gloom of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have a selfless person who did not hesitate to help a stranger,” he said, referring to Goh Li Lian, 56.

“We should start cultivating a caring society by recognising charitable works of people here,” he said.

Sulaiman said he was touched to hear from community leaders about Goh’s act of kindness to teenager Mohd Amirul Hakim Adnan who is from a Felda settlement in Jasin.

Last Sunday, Goh settled the utility bills of the family, which had accumulated since January.

The family was first discovered living in squalid conditions with leaking roof, no toilet door and no furniture by the Project Manager for Southern Outreach of the National Cancer Society Malaysia (NCSM) Michaelina Chua.

Chua later approached Goh to lend a helping hand to Mohd Amirul.

Subsequently, Goh donated new furniture, repaired the roof and looked into the schooling needs of Mohd Amirul Hakim, his brother Ariff Iskandar, 16, and nine-year-old sister Nur Athirah.

Their mother Nurafizah Arippin, 43, and father Azlan Md Atan, 44, work as security guards.

Nurafizah said their monthly pay was hardly enough.

“Both our salaries are spent on medical expenses,” she said, adding that she was also getting RM400 in monthly aid from the Welfare Department.

“My husband and I have almost given up amid the various problems we are facing. Fortunately, Goh came along,” she said when met at her workplace at a health clinic in Jasin.

She said her son viewed Goh as his godmother.

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