Compiled by C. ARUNO, BENJAMIN LEE and R. ARAVINTHAN
A YOUNG teenager decided to quit school six years ago to take care of her mother who became paralysed after suffering from a stroke twice, reported Berita Harian.
Nurul Alwani Mohd Afero, who is now 20, said she chose to give up her education as her 43-year-old father had to be the breadwinner for the family of five and the caregiver of her disabled mother Mariati Muhamad, 42.
“Previously, my father Mohd Afera Musa had to take care of my mother while working as a labourer almost every day, and as a result was extremely tired and stressed.
“After seeing the plight of both my parents, I decided to sacrifice my education to take care of my mother and reduce the burden on my father, while enabling my two younger siblings to focus on school without having to worry.
“Since then, my daily life has changed to taking care of my mother, which includes having to feed her food and medication, ensuring she drinks enough water, bathing her and changing her diapers,” said Nurul Alwani.
She said the family is currently staying at their grandmother’s house at Kampung Pangkal Merabang, Kelantan, after they decided to move back there from Johor Baru in 2016 following her mother’s illness.
On a positive note, the eldest of the three siblings said her mother’s health had been gradually recovering and that she was grateful for the financial assistance that the Social Welfare Department had been providing the family.
“My mother can now sit up straight properly even though it’s not for long and she can even speak a little although her speech is not very clear,” she added.
> Learning not to hold grudges is important for work and life, says actor Datuk Adi Putra, as reported by Harian Metro.
He made the comment following the apparent silent treatment he has been getting from Mat Kilau: Kebangkitan Pahlawan’s production company, Studio Kembara, which allegedly had not answered Adi’s phone calls for two weeks.
Adi, 41, initially decided not to attend the gala night event for the movie in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Aug 26, hosted by Studio Kembara. However, in the end he showed up and said his relationship with Studio Kembara was fine.
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.