8yo girl seeks help from Bukit Mertajam MP

Written by: Bernie Yeo | 25 Jun 2021 17:43
Image from Steven Sim Chee Keong 沈志强 (Facebook)
Written by:
25 Jun 2021 17:43

Recent news of an eight-year-old Malaysian girl who went out of her way to seek help so that her friend can attend online classes with her has touched the hearts of thousands of Malaysians online.

The story was shared by Bukit Mertajam Member of Parliament (MP) Steven Sim, who has a history of lending a helping hand to residents in his constituency during the pandemic.

In a Facebook post that went viral, Sim wrote about a Standard Two student named Ashley who recently came to him for help after not seeing her friend Nur during online classes.

According to Sim, Ashley and Nur are classmates in a Chinese national school in his constituency in Penang.

"When Ashely found out that Nur did not have a device to take online classes, she felt very sad," he explained.

"She remembered her mother once said that there was an 'uncle' who gave free devices to students. She then asked her mother to get help from the 'uncle'."

It was then Ashley came to Sim's office for help. She shared Nur's predicament with the MP.

Sim found out that Nur's father works as a security officer, who makes RM1,200 a month. He has to support his pregnant wife and two children who are attending school.

"Their family also felt sad that Nur could not attend online classes, but what (can they) do?" he continued.

"Actually, due to the limited supply, the 'Asal Cek Mau Pi Sekolah' programme does not cover students under Standard Four. But how can I refuse an eight-year-old who requested for help?"

Touched by how much Ashley cared for Nur, Sim said he could not ignore her request.

"So, I decided to use my own money to give Nur a Samsung Tab A," he said.

"Today (June 23), Ashley took me to Nur's house. The two classmates met again today after not seeing each other for so long. They were so happy."

"You have made us all realise that the hatred against different skin colours is not human nature. Compassion wins today."

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