Nur Fakhira Amani Abdul Ghani, whose birthday was on Oct 15, did not expect the sweet surprise especially after frontliners put in long hours trying to control the spread of Covid-19.
“A few days before my birthday, one of our deputy vice-chancellors had a virtual meeting with all students under quarantine and asked how we were.
“I said I was a little sad knowing I had to celebrate my birthday alone in my dorm room. The deputy vice-chancellor wished me happy birthday in advance,” said the Universiti Utara Malaysia student in an article in mStar.Around lunchtime, Nur Fakhira heard a knock on her door and brushed it off as just a sign that front line workers were bringing her meal until they asked to confirm her name.
Once she identified herself, the frontliners in full personal protective equipment started to sing happy birthday and handed her a box with a slice of birthday cake.
They also included a note to show their love and wish for her to have the strength to face challenges ahead of her.
Nur Fakhira, who is from Sabah, found the meaningful gesture very touching and shed tears of joy afterwards.
“I know they are tired but they still managed to bring joy to others,” she said, adding that other students born in October who were undergoing quarantine were also presented with a cake.
A video of the gesture was also captured and posted online.
Nur Fakhira was undergoing quarantine after being in close contact with another student from Sabah who tested positive for Covid-19.
“My friend wasn’t aware of having the virus until a test was done but has now recovered and is expected to be released from quarantine on Sunday,” she said.
She said her welfare was well looked after during quarantine and she rarely felt alone.
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