When it rains it pours for disabled single mum

Compiled by BENJAMIN LEE and C. ARUNO

HAVING already lost both her legs to diabetes, a single mother’s struggles continue to worsen as her three children were also struck with severe life-threatening diseases, reported Kosmo!.

Zarina Mohd Ali, 59, said that two of her children, Khairun Nabilah, 29, and Khairun Nisha, 22, are suffering from chronic kidney disease which has left them almost hospital-bound since they were 18 and 20 years old respectively.

This has left her family to depend solely on her late husband’s pension of RM1,250 a month. Her eldest son, Mohd Amir Haziq Mohd Shamsuri, 30, also lost the ability to work due to a severe Cellulitis skin infection in his legs.

Zarina said she even considered selling her late husband’s car to help alleviate some of the family’s financial burdens.

“I thought many times of just getting rid of the car so we no longer have to pay the RM500 monthly instalment, but that’s the only vehicle our family has right now,” she said.

> The daily also reported that singer-songwriter Shila Amzah plans to finally tie the knot with influencer Ubai this year despite worries that sudden family issues on Ubai’s side would delay their engagement ceremony.

Ubai, 25, or Muhammad Ubaidillah Mohd Zulkefli, said their marriage plans depends on the health of his mother, who is suffering from ovarian cancer.

“I come from a large family, as does Shila, who wants all of our closest people to be there on our special day.

“But the doctor told my mother that she needs to undergo six chemotherapy sessions, and so far she has done three.

“So we plan to hold the wedding only after the completion of the chemotherapy sessions,” he said.

According to Ubai, his mother, Rohani Jamal, 52, was diagnosed with stage three ovarian cancer six months ago which also resulted in her not being able to walk.

“It was a big test for our family but mother asked me and Shila to continue with the engagement ceremony that had been planned for May 27,” he said.

> Residents of the Taman Saujana Aman suburbs in Puncak Alam, Selangor, are calling on authorities to address the constant occurrence of floods that have plagued the community for over three years, reported Harian Metro.

A community representative, Amin Yaziz Bani Yamin, 43, who was also one of the earliest people to settle there, said that the problem was caused by a nearby water channel that had become a route for a nearby river.

As it was not originally built to handle the river’s water capacity, the resulting overflowing water will flow into residential areas causing significant floods sometimes even without any rain occurring, he added.

“The first flood that happened was only about 10cm deep but it has since worsened.”

Since then, Amin along with the other residents have mostly left the ground floor of their houses without furniture or appliances to avoid losing anymore to the floods.

“Some of us don’t even bother putting chairs downstairs anymore,” he 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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