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Six Siblings Plunge Into Misery After Father Dies, Mother Disappears

TASEK GELUGOR, July 13 (Bernama) -- Six siblings in Taman Cempedak here have sank into the depths of misery after their father succumbed to a stroke two years ago and now their mother who remarried a drug addict has also disappeared since January.

Noor Hamizah Basir, 22, who is the eldest of the six siblings, said she was now forced to take over as head of the family to support her younger siblings by working as a clerk in a factory.

"Last January, my mother (who has become a drug addict herself) and her husband were arrested by police and until now we have failed to keep track of their whereabouts although there was news that she had been released," she told reporters at her home, here, Sunday.

She said with an income of about RM900 a month, it was not enough to cover all their expenses as she also had to pay for a home loan of RM220 per month in her mother' name in addition to paying the utility bills.

Noor Hamizah said her sister Noor Syazwanizzah, 21, was working at a supermarket nearby but her income was just enough for her personal use.

"My income is not enough as I also bear the expenses of my four other siblings who are studying, namely Muhammad Nasrul, 19, who is studying at the National Youth Skills Institute in Bukit Mertajam and a fourth sibling, Noor Syamimi, 16, who is in Form Four.

"The fifth sibling, Noor Syazana, nine, is studying in Year Three, while my youngest brother, Muhammad Adam, five, is still in kindergarten," she said.

Their late father was a retired Public Works Department employee and has a pension, but the money can only be withdrawn by their 41-year-old mother.

"I worry what will happen if any of my siblings fall sick, where will I go for money to take them to the clinic or buy medicine. Prior to this our home was almost auctioned off by the bank for not paying the installments and the electricity was also cut, luckily our uncle and aunt helped us but I do not want to impose on them anymore as they are also hard up," she said.

Noor Hamizah hoped her mother would return home to celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri together because they, especially their youngest brother, missed her.

Meanwhile, Tasek Gelugor member of parliament, Datuk Shabudin Yahaya who visited the six siblings, said they would be adopted as foster family to ensure they get the proper attention.

For a start, he handed over a cash assistance of RM1,700 to the six siblings to prepare for Aidilfitri and as expense for daily essentials.

"I will also bring this case to the attention of the Social Welfare Department in the hope they can get a monthly living assistance to ease their burden," he added.

People who want to help the six siblings can contact Noor Hamizah at 019-5578507 or put the contribution into her Bank Simpanan Nasional account 0713341000096976.

-- BERNAMA




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