A mother’s sacrifice for her children has no end.
This was exactly the case with Salamah Sudin, 65, who took on two jobs to make ends meet after losing her husband in an accident in 1995.
According to her daughter, Norhayati Nordin, 27, her mother used to work in a restaurant in the day and sell nasi lemak at the railway station in Tapah Road, Perak at night.
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“We come from a poor family and my mother was forced to work day and night after my father died.
“Little by little, mother used to sell off her jewelry to help us make ends meet,” said Norhayati from Kampung Changkat Besar in Perak.
She said her mother sold her last gold ring, which was her wedding ring when she started schooling in SJK (Cina) Phui Chen in Tapah.
She said education was always important for her mother and she wanted to ensure her children were not left behind.
“She used the money she got for the ring to buy clothes, books, pay school fees and other necessities for me to go to school. I felt so sad to see what my mother did,” she said.
She said after she finished schooling, she worked in a factory, then in 2014, she took over the nasi lemak business from her mother.
In five months, she managed to save enough money and presented her mother with a ring, similar to the one she sold earlier.
“Mother was so thrilled and wanted to cry when I gave her the ring. I was so happy to be able to do this small thing for her after all she did for us,” said the youngest of five siblings.