Thu, Jan 21, 2010
New Straits Times
School-less girl wants to be a cop

By Izzayati Husna Ahmad

KUANTAN, MALAYSIA: A 10-year-old girl, whose ambition is to be a policewoman, is seeking help from the public to turn her childhood dreams into reality.

Theivanai wants to go to school but cannot do so because her family is poor. The girl also has a hole in the heart.

The fifth child of seven, she has never been to school and her only exposure to reading material is when her neighbour, A. Ammachi, 33, comes over to teach her basic spelling and writing.

When the New Straits Times visited Theivanai and her family at their rented flat here yesterday, the girl was playing with her sister, Jayamalar, 2, while their mother, K. Thana Letchumi, 40, was keeping an eye on them.

Thana Letchumi said she regretted not sending her daughter to school as the family had earlier lived in an estate in Bahau, Negri Sembilan and she never paid much attention to Theivanai's education.

"I had to work daily and did not have much time to look into her needs.

"After moving here last year, I realised that she loves to read and write but it might be too late and she might not be able to catch up with the lessons at school."

Thana Letchumi, who had just moved into the flat said her daughter loved to be a policewoman and often admired the smartly-dressed officers in their dark blue uniforms.

"I am praying hard that Theivanai will be accepted into a government school soon so that her dream can come true."

Thana Letchumi, who lost her husband 10 years ago, said she previously worked as a cleaner in Teluk Sisek here but was forced to leave the job late last year when the company closed down.

Meanwhile, Malaysian Public Service Society deputy president V. Sathiamoorthy, who was also present at the house, assured the family that the society would allocate RM300 to the family for monthly expenses.

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