Parents dig into savings to nurse son back to health


Compiled by BENJAMIN LEE, C. ARUNO and R. ARAVINTHAN

A COUPLE in Rembau, Negri Sembilan, sacrificed much of their savings for the sake of their eldest son, who was left incapacitated in a road accident near their home earlier this year, Utusan Malaysia reported.

Kamaruddin Kassim, 56, said he needed to continue working as a cleaner even though his son, Mohd Faizal, 26, needed care round the clock.

He said his son must wear diapers because he was unable to walk to the toilet himself.

“I also need to take him to the nearby clinic to treat his injuries from the accident,” he said.

Kassim’s wife, Zuraidah Ariffin, 55, said she had to withdraw her savings to pay for most of her son’s medical fees.

“I withdrew most of my savings from the Employees’ Provident Fund, which was used to pay the hospital fees.

“All expenses for treatment and medication for our son were paid out of our own pockets as he does not have medical insurance,” she said.

Kassim said he was thankful the government recently raised the minimum wage and that the Social Welfare Department (JKM) had helped them.

“The recent minimum wage of RM1,500 has allowed me to better deal with my family’s expenses. I can buy much needed medical supplies for my son with the allowance provided by JKM,” he said.

> Teenage actress Qistina Raisah has denied allegations of being intimate with a man after a video clip featuring a teen resembling her went viral on social media, Kosmo! reported.

The 14-year-old said she was confused at first when she drew flak online about the supposedly inappropriate act with an older teenager in public.

She said she viewed the video, adding that the girl in the clip looked like her.

“But I don’t know who the girl in the video is, but that is definitely not me, nor do I know the motives of whoever uploaded this video,” she said.

Qistina stressed that she would never leave the house without supervision from her parents as she is still young.

“If I go out anywhere, my mother will always be there to make sure I’m alright,” she said.

The above articles are 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 a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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