PETALING JAYA: Former top Malaysian shuttler Lee Chong Wei has shared a touching story on his family's domestic helper who has been unable to return home to Indonesia for the last two years for Hari Raya Aidilfitri, because of Covid-19 restrictions.
In a Facebook posting, Chong Wei related the story of how he accidentally heard Ani sobbing and pining for her loved ones back home in the kitchen.
"This is last week's story. My body felt tired as I had been sitting in front of the computer going through online meetings. I was surprised to see the time was already 1am and I walked out of the working room just next to the kitchen.
"While walking to the bedroom, I heard quiet sobs. I walked slowly and turned on the kitchen light and was surprised to see our live-in helper sitting and crying on the kitchen table.
"'Sir, sir, sorry. It's not my intention to disturb sir sleeping. She apologised while holding the phone with two of her children displayed on the screen.
"One daughter and one son," said Chong Wei, who considers Ani to be part of his family.
The former world No. 1 badminton player added that Ani, whom he described as dedicated to her duties, always returned to her hometown to celebrate Hari Raya with her family.
"My wife (Wong) Mew Choo also could not hold back her tears when I told her this.
"As a mother, she would understand what Ani is going through," said Chong Wei, who hoped that this is the last year for every individual who is forced to be away from their family members during Hari Raya.
"We pray that Covid-19 will be defeated next year. It's not easy but we should be grateful for what we have in front of us. Having a meal together, playing fireworks together and enjoying each other's company. Hopefully, it will happen not too long from now," added Chong Wei, who also took the occasion to wish all Malaysians who are celebrating Hari Raya.