Ministry aids bedridden single mother

Fatimah (centre) and Community Wellbeing Assistant Minister Datuk Francis Harden Hollis visit bedridden Nor Karmira at her home. Photo by KKWPK

KUCHING: Bedridden and abandoned by her husband, a mother of five residing at Green Road here has attracted the attention of the Ministry of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development.

“Nor Karmira Benny Karmilan has been bedridden since five months ago due to a slipped disc. She used to be a hardworking and persistent person.

“Before she fell down and became bedridden, she used to work three jobs a day to make ends meet for the sake of her children,” said the minister, Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah, who visited the 26-year-old single woman today (Feb 26).

Nor Karmira who married at the age of 15 was left by her husband and is now being taken care of by her mother.

Fatimah and Harden visit Nor Karmira who resides at Green Road. Photo by KKWPK

“Her 43-year-old mother, who is a housewife, also helps to take care of the children’s daily needs. Though she is bedridden, she still makes sure that her children study at home and finish their homework,” Fatimah added.

She assured that her ministry would do its best to help the single mother by improving their living space.

“There are a lot of things that we need to improve on in their living space. All these are outside the list of our welfare aids, but we will do our best to provide them nonetheless.

“This includes painting the house, replacing the pillows and mattresses which are in poor condition, and creating a place that is more conducive for studying and eating.

Fatimah looks on as three of the five children are eating. Photo by KKWPK

“We will provide a small table where the children can do their homework and study,” she explained.

Fatimah also revealed that she had discussed with the single mother about her medical condition.

Nor Karmira was a recipient of the Child Assistance Scheme since 2014. Her application was approved and she will be given RM850 this year due to having five children under her care.

Apart from the welfare assistance, she also receives RM600 from Baitulmal Sarawak every three months.

“We would also like to thank contributors who have helped in easing the burden of this family financially,” Fatimah added.

Fatimah talks to the children. Photo by KKWPK