Nurse staying at hospital misses celebrating Mother’s Day at home

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Nurazrina (right) and her late mum (second left) during a family gathering.

KUCHING: Many locals are unable to celebrate Mother’s Day today amidst the Covid-19 pandemic and Conditional Movement Control Order.

Self-employed Alvin Chew, 34 and his children aged six and seven are not celebrating as his wife, Grace Heng, 34, a nurse, has been working and staying at the hospital for more than a month.

“I am sad and worried about my wife working at the frontline on 12-hour shifts and staying at the hospital’s designated rest place. She can’t come home on her day off to prevent infecting us.

“Our kids miss their mummy and we video call her whenever possible. They know that their mummy is helping to fight the virus and that is what they say if anyone asked why she is not around,” he shared, adding they hope she can come home soon.

Yumida and Rosna.

Nurazrina Zaidi, 38, is not celebrating Mother’s Day as her mother, Amidah Aban whom she idolised passed away last December. She will have a simple celebration with her husband and children at home after breaking of fast.

Meanwhile, Mariana Chin, 41, a noodle stall operator is unable to celebrate Mother’s Day as her parents live across the Tebedu border.

“I’m an Indonesian with Sarawak PR. I visit them every one or two months but have not been able to for a while,” said the mother of two whose mother Tati Thjin inspired her to be independent. She plans to bake a fruit pie for her mother-in-law who lives nearby.

Chew (centre) and his children miss mummy working at the frontline.

Entrepreneur Yumida Rosdin, 46, is staying home in Petra Jaya and not risk travelling inter-district to visit her mother, Rosna Abg Rais, 77, living in Samarahan  with her younger sister.

“This year, I guess we will just video call her instead.  I admire my mum who lived through the horrors of WWII and worked as a maid to an English family.

Her mother’s devotion to the family with six children shows the importance of family and her cooking from scratch family favourites like ‘pulut manis, nasi goreng belacan and rendang ayam’ are memorable.