In The News: Ordeal over for student

There are many people out there who needs help and previously cannot reach anyone, especially anyone in the corridor of power. They are left struggling for existence, even to find the next hot meal on the table.

I am not a politician, I am just a fellow human being trying to make this world a better place with the position and power given to me. I vowed to lessen the sufferings of as many people as I am able to in my terms as an EXCO. Pn. Sabariah and Md. Uzir’s case has been under my attention since September this year. And everytime I think about them and countless other single mothers, OKU or even those who are struggling in poverty who came to me for assistance, my heart burned with a passion against the injustice of the system which impede the livelihood of these people. God give me strength to make the change!!

I call for more people to step forward to help those like Md. Uzir who doesn’t need much, but a little kindness to give them a push out of their dire situation. They are capable but only lack of opportunities.

For photographs of Md. Uzir and their very rundown house (I have since helped him to apply for a low cost flat unit), see the webpage of my special assistance who visited them last Raya…


Tuesday November 11, 2008

HAVING lost his step-father and father in two separate road accidents within two months, a first-year university student was at wit’s end on how to support himself and his ailing mother.

Mohd Uzir Mohd Erwan Tan, 22, said he had “come to a dead end” as to how to care for his mother, Sabariah Abdullah, 51, who suffers from fainting spells, hypertension, diabetes and bronchial asthma.

The English Language Studies and Literature student at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) said his step-father Abdul Rahim Baharum died on July 15 when a lorry hit him while he was walking.

“My own father died on Sept 13 because of a contusion to his head following a hit-and-run accident while he was riding a motorcycle,” said Mohd Uzir of Kampung Aston in Bukit Mertajam.


Tan (left) handing over a cheque to Sabariah, who is accompanied by Mohd Uzir (right). With them is Ong (second left, front row) and some of the chamber’s members.

Incidentally, Sabariah said she herself had been a victim of various accidents from age 24 until recent years, the worst of which was in 1999 when a car knocked down her bicycle and she suffered a crack in her skull resulting in frequent loss of memory.

She said she also met with another accident soon after where she sustained pain in her chest and back until today.

Fortunately for Mohd Uzir, state Youth and Sports, Women, Family and Community Development Committee chairman Lydia Ong Kok Fooi came to his aid when he sought her help in mid-September because he had to pay relatives for bearing the expenses of his father’s funeral.

“I had to borrow from my relatives, who themselves are not rich, and neighbours to help pay for the funeral.

“My relatives were apologetic. They had no choice but to ask me for the money back after that as Hari Raya Aidilfitri was then approaching,” he said.

Ong, who is Berapit assemblyman, said she paid up the RM970 debt to the relatives after verifying that it was a genuine case.

“I also gave the family RM300 and collected RM280 from the personal assistants of all the state executive councillors for their immediate needs and the Hari Raya celebration,” she said.

Ong said Sabariah’s home was in deplorable condition, adding that she was in the process of helping the family apply for a government rental unit at the Wawasan flats in Sungai Rambai, Bukit Mertajam.

She also approached the Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce (PCCC) for help, and the PCCC, on Monday, donated RM10,000 for Sabariah’s medical needs and a further RM10,000 from its Charity Fund for Mohd Uzir so that he would not have to stop his studies to seek employment.

PCCC president Tan Sri Tan Kok Ping said the PCCC hoped that with the assistance, Mohd Uzir could concentrate on and complete his studies.

Mohd Uzir, who speaks fluent Bahasa Malaysia, English and Mandarin, said he was delighted with the financial aid and a huge burden had been lifted off his shoulders.

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