Singer Sarah Aqilah relates her tribulations

Singer Sarah Aqilah relates her tribulations
Local Malay singer Sarah Aqilah has had a series of misfortunes in recent years.

Since her celebrated victory on Suria's reality singing competition Anugerah in 2009, life has not been the easiest for local singer Sarah Aqilah.

A year after she was crowned the winner, she lost her younger sister to a virus.

That same year, she released her debut self-titled album with reputable Malaysian recording company Suria Records, which boasts the likes of Siti Nurhaliza and Noraniza Idris among its stable of artistes.

In 2011, Sarah started a new chapter in her life after a failed first marriage - she tied the knot with her stage crew fiance Muhd Sahri Jumaat, 25.

A year later, she gave birth to a baby girl, Nur Ayra Eiliyah, who ended up undergoing kidney removal surgery three months later.

When it seemed like things could not get worse, she recently lost her beloved 74-yearold grandmother to skin cancer during Ramadan on Aug 1 - just a day before her daughter's first birthday.

"We only found out (about my grandmother's condition) earlier this year. Before that, she was still working as a housekeeper and showed no signs of sickness. It was very sad because she was very dear to me," Sarah told The New Paper last week, as tears welled in her eyes.

The 29-year-old said she was very close to her grandmother, who had taken care of her when she was younger.

And the day her grandmother died, she was supposed to have work commitments.

For Sarah, it was a bitter flashback to the day her younger sister, Ms Shaffadina Jamil, then only 20, died after contracting a virus following a trip to Kusu Island.

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