ALOR SETAR: Though born without palms and fingers, Muhd Ammar Ikhwan has not let his disability stop him from volunteering to help bury the bodies of Covid-19 victims.
The 22-year-old from Kota Kuala Muda, Kedah, is one of the volunteers at the Kampung Haji Kudong cemetery here.
“My disability has not stopped me from helping the community.
“Although I have been physically disabled since birth, I am thankful that I can still do charity work within my limits.
“Since I am a person with special needs, I receive a lot of help from other people in my life.
“This motivates me to do the same and give back to society and do whatever I can to help those in need.
“I have also been an active member in several volunteer projects. My disability does not hinder me from doing good things in life, ” he said in a recent phone interview.
He added that doing this saw him putting on personal protective equipment for the first time.
“Although I will be drenched in sweat, I am content as I can give the deceased a proper send-off.
“As long as we adhere strictly to the standard operating procedure, I know I am in good hands.
“My parents are supportive of what I am doing, and they do not stop me from doing volunteer work, ” he said, adding that he had registered for his Covid-19 vaccination and was now waiting for his turn.
The second eldest among four siblings, Muhd Ammar said he wanted to set a good example for his family members, especially during this challenging time.
“God willing, I will continue to volunteer to help others especially in times like this, ” he said.