KOTA BARU- The plight suffered by a family of seven from Kampung Kubang Siput near Pasir Tumboh here who shared fried eggs and soy sauce has received sympathy from a local businessman who decided to help the family.
The businessman Datuk Seri Sunny Ung visited the family a day before Hari Raya Aidilfitri and donated some money and food assistance to reduce the family’s burden in celebrating the festival.
Ung said the family’s plight of eating fried eggs with the sauce and sometimes they even had to share the little meal, had touched his heart and this prompted him to help the seven.
“I was really touched with their difficulties especially when they had to share the fried eggs among them.
“I will do my best to help this family in terms of financial and other assistance. I really wanted to help them especially the small children and those who are still schooling,” said Ung.
During the short visit, Ung presented duit raya and food assistance to Suriani Mohamad and her six children.
Meanwhile, Suriani, 39, thanked the businessman for his concern to her family.
“I am very grateful to receive this donation. We have been facing a lot of trials and tribulations during this fasting month when we were forced to break our fast and sahur (pre-dawn meal) only with fried eggs and soy sauce.
“I have to share the menu with my children, aged between two and 17 years. We will only get the opportunity to taste other menu such as fried chicken once a while after it was given by my mother Meriam Kadir, 63,” she said.
The housewife said all the daily food and other expenses were now supported by her eldest son Mohd Amir Azraei Abd Hamid 17, who works as a carpenter after the family’s sole breadwinner left the family.
She said Mohd Amir’s income was only about RM250 a week and it is not enough to support them including those who are still schooling.
“I have made the application for monthly assistance from the state Welfare Department but until to date, there is no reply from the department,” she said.- New Straits Times