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By Kamaliza Kamaruddin
CHUKAI, April 19 -- The sight of a teenage girl on a bicycle, delivering food ordered by customers for the past two months has caught the attention of residents here.
The perseverance of Wan Nabihah Hannah Wan Abdul Hakim, 19, who was willing to brave the heat and rain in ensuring the customers' food was delivered on time is greatly admired as not many teenage girls would do the same.
Wan Nabihah’s true identity was revealed recently and many were surprised to learn that she is the granddaughter of former Terengganu Menteri Besar, the late Tan Sri Wan Mokhtar Ahmad, after her father, Wan Abdul Hakim, a former Air Putih assemblyman, uploaded a posting on Facebook about his daughter’s labour of love.
Wan Nabihah, when contacted by Bernama, said she worked as a food delivery person to earn pocket money and gain new experiences during the current semester break.
"I chose to be a Foodpanda delivery person as I was attracted to its flexible working hours. Since I don't have a motorcycle licence, I moved around on my bicycle.
"All praises be to Allah, I could earn more than RM500 in a week. This proves that anyone can earn a halal livelihood as long as they are not too picky," said Wan Nabihah, who is currently taking Business Studies at the foundation level in Taylor's College on the Lakeside campus, Subang Jaya, Selangor.
The fourth of seven siblings said she always applied sunscreen and donned the shades since her delivery hours were between noon and 2 pm.
“If it was drizzling, I would put on a raincoat and slow down as the road could be slippery. But if it rained heavily, I would take shelter somewhere,” she said.
Asked about her parents' acceptance given their family’s background, Wan Nabihah said it was not an issue as the family encouraged her to be independent and to face life's challenges.
"There is no shame in what I do and who knows it may be an inspiration to others to change for the better.
"As a teenager, nothing beats having pocket money from my own hard work. I intend to use some of the money to be reinvested for future financial planning," said Wan Nabihah, who is taking a break from delivering food during Ramadan.
Meanwhile, Wan Abdul Hakim's Facebook post on his daughter received many positive comments from netizens who sang praises for the spirit and perseverance of Wan Nabihah for willing to go out of her comfort zone to earn some income.
Many do not realise that the teenager who sent their food before, is the child and grandchild of respected political figures who had served the people over the years.
Facebook users also hope that Wan Nabihah’s efforts will set a good example to other teenagers and praised her upbringing for having become a hardworking teenager without entitlement.