Couple stay home for Raya

Parents’ anguish: Khairil Anwar and Nur Fatehah with Muhammad Irsyad Danish.

MELAKA: A security guard from Klebang Besar here will not get to balik kampung to celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri with his family in Terengganu even if the interstate travel ban is lifted.

Khairil Anwar Sulaiman, 41, said he last visited his family in Paka, Terengganu, for Hari Raya five years ago.

He could not travel because his son was born with congenital heart disease and later developed gallstones.

“I cannot even visit my in-laws who are staying in another district here. But I will pray for the travel restriction to be lifted for this Hari Raya. No one should endure our anguish of not being together during Hari Raya, ” he said in an interview here.

Khairil Anwar said his five-year-old son Muhammad Irsyad Danish was born with health complications and had undergone five corrective surgeries.

“I cannot bring my son out to public places or go on long-distance trips as he gets tired easily and his risk of getting infected is high due to his weakened immune system.

“The furthest we had travelled since 2016 was to the National Heart Institute (IJN) and Kuala Lumpur Hospital, ” he said.

His wife Nur Fatehah Omar, 33, resigned from her job to take care of their son as well as another son who is 11 years old.

Khairil Anwar is the sole breadwinner with a RM1,600 monthly salary.

“My EPF savings have all been used up to pay for my son’s treatment, ” he said.

Muhammad Irsyad Danish also requires a 0.5m urethra for him to relieve himself.

The boy is expected to undergo his sixth surgery at IJN on April 27.

“I have been told the surgery is a high-risk one, ” said Khairil Anwar.

He appealed for financial assistance as his son needs RM50,000 for this surgery and subsequent treatment.

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