Ten years ago this very day, an unimaginable earth shattering tragedy struck the western coast of South East Asia (particularly Acheh and Phuket) and south eastern coast of South Asia (Sri Lanka) where two waves of Tsunami hit highly populous places on Boxing Day of 2004. Over 230,000 ppl and missing.
Media carried a lot stories very extensively, especially the suffering of survivors and those who lost everything, family and friends. Even the hardship of relief workers and volunteers.
That got this then eight years old girl to quietly start her ’tissue box’ collection and ask from family and friends to donate. She managed to muscle RM650.00, which was handed over to TV3.
On 8 Oct 2005, an earthquake struck Pakistan during Ramadhan which many Malaysians risk their lives to provide relief for the suffering victims and survivors. Estimated 100,000 perished in this tragedy and over 3.5 million people displaced, all over the interior and highlands of the Islamic republic.
Again, media extensively covered the efforts where saw her own paediatric surgeon Mr Abdul Razak Mohamed performed an emergency surgery in the open, by the roadside which was the only passage upstream.
That footage she saw on telly drew her empathy to start another ‘Tissue Box’ collection which saw being passed around beginning Hari Raya Aidil Fitri season weeks later. The short Hari Raya season saw RM845.70 being collected, which was handed over to Peace Malaysia Chairman Dato’ Mukhriz Mahathir.
New Sunday Times featured her story on 13 Nov 2005.