PETALING JAYA: Cosmetics entrepreneur Datin Rita Sosilawati is in despair after finding out that her husband, Datuk Khamarulazlan Mohammad Hanafiah, tested positive for Covid-19.
Khamarulazlan is the political secretary to Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri M Saravanan.
mStar, the Star's Malay language daily, reported that Khamarulazlan received the test results on Saturday (Jan 16) at 7.26pm.
"At that time, I had just finished buying groceries and my husband then informed me that he had tested positive for the virus.
"As his wife, I was sad when I heard the news and quickly made preparations to place my husband in another room downstairs to isolate him from us, especially the children," she told mStar.
Rita or her real name, Erni Dekritawati Yuliana Buhari, noted that her husband was down with fever and had actually been unwell for the past few days.
"About two to three days back, my husband had a fever for a while, then it got better, but after that he had a fever again. When my husband had a sore throat, I told him to do the Covid-19 test.
"My husband's job requires him to meet people. So, I urged him to do the Covid-19 test as a precaution," she said.
Rita explained that four of her children had already kept their distance from their father when he had started to feel unwell.
"For the past two to three days, I had isolated my children from my husband as a precautionary measure. I did not tell my children about the true condition of my husband because I did not want them to be afraid as they know what Covid-19 is.
"I only explained to them that daddy was unwell and needed to rest in a separate bedroom. I told my youngest child, who is very close to him, that daddy was working out of state and was sleeping in a hotel. When in fact, their father is actually in the house.
"The children all miss their father and they call to ask when they would be able to see him. They say 'please daddy, can I see you for two to three minutes?' It really made me sad.
"Currently, my children can only speak to their father via video calls," she said.
Despite this, Rita said as a mother and a wife, she had to remain strong to support her family at this moment.
As close contacts of Khamarulazlan, Rita said she and her children were now self-quarantining at home and will be getting the Covid-19 test soon.
"Right now, we are in good health. Pray for our family. I hope my husband has a speedy recovery. To everyone out there, take care of yourself and may the Covid-19 chain of infection be stopped."
Rita and Khamarulazlan have been married for nine years and are blessed with four children.
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