In today's world, helping a person from another race or religion has become a rarity.
However, L Linda Kasturi, 39, has not only extended a helping hand to a Malay couple who lost their source of income during the Movement Control Order (MCO), but also sheltered them in her own home in Seremban, which she shares with her husband Karthik, 35, and two children aged 11 and 10 months-old.
According to Bernama, Linda met the couple - Mohamad Fakhrulzaman Abdul Malik 57, and Rohayati Salleh, 46, six months ago, when she wanted to buy a refrigerator.
Having been laid off from his job as a cook, Fakhrulzaman was then selling off his furniture in order to afford their rent.
"I invited them to stay with me as I have plenty of room that will be comfortable for them," Bernama quoted the used furniture store owner as saying.
The difference in faith or religion does not perturb neither Linda, nor Fakhrulzaman and his wife.
"The question of food is not a problem because we prepare halal and clean food in our home.
"My family and I respect my new parents' beliefs and we have provided them a special space for praying," Linda reportedly saying, in reference to the couple, whom she fondly refers to as "mum and dad".
In return, Fakhrulzaman and his wife help take care of Linda's 60-year-old mother S Kamala Devi.
Linda is determined to accommodate Fakhrulzaman, who suffered a stroke last year, and his wife, as long as possible.
In fact, she is already planning to build a house in a land next to her own home, to house the couple, said the report.
Bernama also spoke to Fakhrulzaman, who said he and his wife felt at home, in Linda's house.
Despite the low-key Deepavali celebrations this year due to the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO), Linda and family are looking forward to the prospect of welcoming the Festival of Lights, with their "new family members".
Such a heartwarming story indeed. Linda is the embodiment of the "muhibbah" spirit that Malaysia represents.
Photo source: Bernama
Thu Nov 12 2020
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