BY: Michelle Liew
Nurfarra Asyikin Norazmi, 20, had to play the role of ‘mother and father’ to her four siblings aged 4 to 18 in Kampung Pasir Puteh Tualak, Kuala Nerang, Padang Terap,
Nurfarra Asyikin lost her mother, Norhashimah Abdul Majid on June 23 after she separated from their father more than a year ago.
Her four brothers are Mohd. Hafiq Ridzuan, 18; Nur Anis Amira, 15; Nuraina Amalyna, 12, and Nurshafinas Fareha, 4, with three of them still in school.
According to Nurfarra Asyikin, she is currently serving as a volunteer member of the Civil Defense Force (APM) with an income of about RM900 a month.
At the beginning of his mother’s death, she and her four siblings were temporarily staying at their uncle’s house in the village.
“I am grateful to the Kedah State Zakat Department (JZNK) for building a new house near my uncle’s house after my mother’s death for me and my siblings to live together,” she said.
In other news, in Langkawi, a single mother, Akma Zuraidah Md. Takudin, 39, was evicted from her rented house last July as a fuel for the spirit to build a better life.
Currently, the cook at a restaurant in Kedawang here is feeding four children aged eight to 17 years old in a rented house in Kampung Lubok Buaya.
Akma Zuraidah said, she has to be prudent in her expenses because she has to pay rent and various bills every month.
“My income as a cook is only RM30 to RM45 a day,” she said.
The single mother said, their lives began to be squeezed by difficulties when she lost her livelihood after the restaurant was closed due to the Movement Control Order (PKP).
“At that time, I did not have any income and could not pay the rent until I was evicted,” she said.
Nurfarra Asyikin and Akma Zuraidah received donations from Jelajah Ikhlas Bersama CSR jointly organized by Central Sugars Refinery Sdn. Bhd. (CSR), Era Foods MY and Media Mulia Sdn. Bhd. (MMSB).