BATU PAHAT: She is willing to take risks to care for her ailing blind husband.
Fauziah Ali, 64, lost her job as a part-time helper and cleaner after the onset of Covid-19.
Facing financial constraints, the senior citizen is forced to send her husband to the health clinic for treatment every month on a motorcycle despite not having a valid licence to ride the machine.
Fauziah said it was the cheapest way to send her husband, Mahat Juraimi, 66, to the clinic for his monthly visits to obtain treatment and medication.
She said she had to budget all her expenses tightly, including for food, after losing her income following the imposition of the movement control order after the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I used to juggle several jobs to meet family expenses. Among them were looking after the neighbours’ children, cleaning houses and working at a nearby stall. But the spread of Covid-19 put a stop to all that.
“Each time I ferry my husband to the clinic, we can only pray we’ll return home safely,” she said when met by reporters at her house in Taman Bukit Perdana here.
According to Fauziah, she had to pay RM10 to RM15 to take a taxi or Grab one way. She only needs to spend RM3 on her fuel for the motorcycle.
She said she could not leave her husband to go to work as he was suffering from chronic diabetes. She is also looking after her sister, Kamariah Ali, 66.
“We have not been having a steady income for a year now and have to depend on acquaintances and neighbours for our survival.
“Our son only started working in Johor Bahru last month and he is not earning much,” she said.
Meanwhile, Penggaram special coordination committee welfare bureau chairman Mohd Hamidi Mad Tap said he would refer the elderly couple’s problems to the Social Welfare Department and the Johor state Islamic Council for assistance.
In the meantime, those keen to donate can contact Fauziah at 012-726 8110 or Mohd Hamidi at 019-708 6716.