Hari Raya lively as ever for 54-year-old amputee

BATU PAHAT - Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations for Halimatus Sa'diah Abdullah will be lively as ever despite her disability after a leg amputation due to diabetes.

The 54-year-old clerk attached with the district police narcotics division said she lost her left leg above the knee three years ago after she had her toe removed in 2003.

She said it took her and her family some time to adjust as she needed help to carry out activities such as cooking and going to office.

"It is quite difficult as I am not that mobile any more.

"I am thankful to my family, especially my husband who is very supportive.

"Hari Raya is lively as before and the only difference is role playing in cooking the meals for the festivity.

"Now, I am sitting down in the kitchen and giving instructions while my husband and children will do the cooking," she said.

Halimatus was among those who received wheelchairs and walking sticks from Batu Pahat district police chief Asst Comm Din Ahmad after breaking fast with the local community at the Tong­kang Pechah police station here on Monday.

Former S/Insp Abdul Wahab Ahmad, 70, who had served at the general operations force in Perak before his retirement in 1998, said he was happy to receive a new walking stick.

ACP Din said this year saw the most number of recipients for wheelchairs and walking sticks after CIMB bank stepped into the programme.

Thus far, a civil servant, a policeman and seven retired personnel have benefited from the programme, he said.