I always stress to my children to care for each other – to help each other and be there when the others are in need. Well, no family is perfect – we argue, we fight, we even stop talking to each other at times, but in the end, family is family, the love will always be there. I should know it too well since my siblings have been very kind to me. They have always been there for me not only through good times but at bad times as well. The same goes with my wife. She too has a wonderful family. I guess, we both are very lucky but then again family is like that, most of it.
Nothing beats the love of your family. Just read the story below. You’ll be amazed to read about the sacrifice made by this French language teacher, Nor Azian Yop Kamaruddin. Even the prospect of marriage was secondary to her as she was determined to continue to take care of her disabled sisters. Very touching indeed.
KUALA KANGSAR: CONCERNED that if she married, her husband would not understand her responsibility towards her three disabled sisters, a French language teacher at Malay College Kuala Kangsar here decided to remain single. Nor Azian Yop Kamaruddin, 55, said the prospect of marriage was secondary to her as she was determined to continue to take care of her sisters Aishah, 71, Nor Aziah, 60, and Azimah Yun, 49, as long as she was able to do so.
“My only worry is what will happen to my sisters if something undesirable happens to me. How will they survive? They do not have any source of income except from my present income as a teacher,” she said when met at her home in Kampung Stesen here yesterday after the National Registration Department (NRD) presented her sisters their new MyKad.
Nor Azian said after returning home from furthering her studies in 1998, she took over the responsibility of caring for her sisters from her ageing father who died in 2010. She said doctors who examined her three siblings were unable to determine their illness.
“Doctors could not conclude if they were afflicted with cerebral palsy. However, based on my own research on the Internet, I think my sisters might be suffering from Addison’s disease in which their bodies do not produce sufficient hormones.”
According to Nor Azian her sisters have been unable to move and speak normally since their childhood. Her elder brother lives in Kuala Lumpur while her mother and five other siblings are dead.
The unselfish act by Nor Azian has won praises from Perak National Registration Department director Alias Mamat, who said such sacrifice should be emulated by those who have disabled family members or ailing parents. Alias visited the house to present new MyKad to Aishah, Nor Aziah and Azimah Yun who because of their condition were unable to go to the NRD office to collect them.
“All this while they used their birth certificates to apply for aid. This was frustrating because not all government agencies accepted birth certificates as valid document when applying for assistance,” Alias said. “It is hoped that the siblings can now use their MyKad to apply for any assistance offered by the various government departments and agencies.”
Source: New Straits Times
- Family Is Family, The Love Will Always Be There
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