JOHOR BARU (Bernama): The calmness and composure displayed by a father from the Orang Asli community whose story went viral on social media after the motorcycle he was riding with his two sons caught fire at the Senai toll plaza, here two days ago (Nov 16), has captured the attention of many.
The latest to provide assistance to the family is the Malaysian Islamic Economic Development Foundation (Yapeim).
Recalling the incident, Amran Ronggi said he and his two sons, Mohamad, 10 and Sharul, seven, from Kampung Orang Asli, Kuala Masai, near here, were on their way to the National Registration Department office in Johor Baru to register a birth certificate for three of his four children to apply for Baitumal assistance.
However, Amran, who is also disabled, had to drop the idea after he got lost and ended at the Senai toll plaza.
“I got lost as I can’t read. I just took a chance and continued. If I managed to get there, then it would be great, ” he told reporters at his residence here Wednesday (Nov 18).
En route, one of his children told him that he felt a burning sensation on his leg, prompting Amran to check the motorcycle and finding that it had caught fire.
“Fortunately, the police there helped us out but the motorcycle was completely destroyed. It can only be sold as scrap metal, ” said Amran, who works as a fisherman.
Amran, who has a deformity in his left hand since birth, has not been out to sea for a long time.
“I used to earn RM1,000 a month but now I can only earn around RM600, ” he said, adding that because of this he was unable to send his children to school.
“I wish I could send my children to attend school but I have other commitments and dependents.
“To send them to school, I need to buy them school uniforms and shoes, which I simply can’t afford. I need to save at least for a week just to get a pair of school shoes, ” said Amran, who could not hold back his tears while receiving the assistance from Yapeim.
“This is for my children and family. Thank you, ” said Amran who also has two other small children, aged 18 months and one month respectively.
Meanwhile, state YAPEIM manager Tajul Ariffin Harun said his team came forward to offer assistance after learning about Amran’s misfortune on social media.
“It is a one-off assistance. The contributions are in the form of basic daily necessities such as oil, rice, flour, sugar and others which are estimated to be worth around RM100, ” he added.
Since September 2019 until November this year, YAPEIM has channeled assistance to 7,160 families in need. – Bernama