Barber giving his best for grandkids under his care


Compiled by C. ARUNO, FATIMAH ZAINAL and R. ARAVINTHAN

DESPITE his old age, a 72-year-old barber in Melaka is soldiering on in raising his five grandchildren with his 64-year-old wife after the kids’ parents died in recent years.

Harian Metro reported that Sudin Harun, who was also a former imam, never considered it as a burden as he wanted his five grandchildren aged between nine and 20 to succeed in life.

Sudin, who lives in Pantai Rombang with his wife Jariah Said, however, said they have big responsibilities as they also have a disabled 30-year-old son to look after.

Sudin said his other son Omar, 38, who is the father to the five kids, died in 2012 at sea while Omar’s wife died of breast cancer in 2018.

“I try to educate the kids as much as possible by sending them to school and also teaching them religious knowledge.

“I’m also grateful that the eldest grandchild gained entrance to a university but it is costly, ” said Sudin who could not work as a barber during the full lockdown.

Meanwhile, his grandson Mohd Haslam, 15, said that his siblings and himself were determined to succeed in their studies so that they could look after their grandparents and uncle in the future.

Lack of demand: Flowers are not listed as essential items despite being in the agricultural sector.Lack of demand: Flowers are not listed as essential items despite being in the agricultural sector.

> Flower farmers in Cameron Highlands were forced to throw away flowers as they were not allowed to operate during the

full lockdown as flowers business was not listed as essential items despite being in the agricultural sector.

Utusan Malaysia reported that farmer Nantha Kumar, 40, said the demand for flowers fell flat from florists, especially from those in the Klang Valley, as they were also not allowed to operate.

“I had to throw away 20 boxes of chrysanthemum flowers recently because flower shops could not operate.

“Usually, I send my flowers to Kuala Lumpur for customers to use in various occasions such as prayers at temples and also at home, ” he said.

“If this situation continues, I will have to throw away more flowers because they cannot be kept for long. I estimate my losses to be about RM50,000, ” he said.

Flower farmers in Cameron Highlands were all facing the same predicament, he said, adding that he hoped the government would give them permission to operate as they are under the agricultural sector.

● The above article is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with this ' >'sign, it denotes a separate news item.

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