It was revealed that three of her children also require medical attention. <small> Cover image via Masriwanie Muhading/New Straits Times <span></span> & Twitter @zakatselangor <span></span> </small>
Recently, the Malaysian Twittersphere learned about the plight of a 30-year-old mother and her six children, who lived in a car parked near a petrol station in Hulu Selangor since the start of the Movement Control Order (MCO)
Zakat Selangor shared their unfortunate situation on Twitter yesterday, 23 June, after finding them to provide emergency aid and financial assistance.
They learned that the woman, a single mother, was laid off from her job in March.
The mother and her children, the youngest being only five months old, were then forced to move out of their home as they could not afford to pay rent.
Together with her other five children who are aged between two to 14 years old, they slept in a car that had broken air-conditioning for almost four months.
It was learned that the woman is also in the process of getting a divorce from the children’s father who had left them to fend for themselves a few months before the MCO
To add to the single mother's plight, she was suffering from breast cancer while three of her children require medical attention.
Zakat Selangor shared that one of her children was disabled, the two-year-old has a heart defect that required follow-up at Hospital Serdang, and the youngest has a lump in his neck that is still under investigation at Hospital Selayang.
Her situation came to the board’s attention only when she reached out to social activist Kuan Chee Heng, better known as ‘Uncle Kentang’, for help recently
Kuan wrote on his Facebook account that he immediately went to the petrol station where the car was located to check on their condition.
He said he was so sad to find that the family was living in the car.
“From the heat of the car with a broken air-conditioner, imagine how seven of them sleep in there. I quickly took them to Rasa Police Station for lunch,” he wrote.
He said that he reported their situation to the police immediately to enable the family to receive assistance from relevant government agencies.
He then gave the mother some money and also sent their car to a workshop for repair.
Currently, the family is being housed in a hotel paid for by a non-governmental organisation, Darul Jariyah
Zakat Selangor has also determined that the single mother was considered <i>asnaf fakir</i> or someone who did not have the basic means to provide for themselves or their dependents, and gave them an emergency RM500 donation while waiting for further help.
The board said they will continue to provide her with a monthly allowance for rent, food, and medicine to take care of her family.
<blockquote data-conversation="none"><p dir="ltr" lang="in">Antara bantuan lain yang akan disalurkan oleh LZS kepada beliau :1. Deposit dan sewa bulanan rumah2. Bantuan Kewangan Bulanan3. Bantuan Makanan Bulanan4. Bantuan Perubatan (rawatan bulanan)Zakat anda semua yang membantu keluarga ini. Terima kasih.</p>— Zakat Selangor (@zakatselangor) June 23, 2020</blockquote>
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