Young M'sian man cooks rice in office at night to save whole week's S$325 salary for widowed mom

Backstory of strange behaviour.

Belmont Lay | October 24, 2019, 10:35 PM

A young man in Malaysia, witnessed to be doing something peculiar at first glance, has been hailed for his act of filial piety.

His actions would have gone unnoticed if not for his boss who found out one evening what his employee was doing back in the office, the Malay Mail highlighted.

A Malaysian entrepreneur, Azri Walter, shared on Facebook in Malay about how an employee of his was seen cooking rice in the office just to save money for his widowed mother.

Azri identified the young employee as Habil, who was seen perched under a desk in the office next to a rice cooker one evening.

Confused by the scene, he decided to find out more from Habil, who he knew had just earned RM1,000 (S$325) that week and did not appear to have to resort such means to keep himself fed.

Young employee's explanation

Habil then explained to Azri that he was cooking rice to save money as he was going to send his salary back to his mother in Kuala Lipis, Pahang.

Habil said, according to Malay Mail's English translation: “She never asked for it but I feel bad for her. If I give her this money, she can use it to buy clothes, food, and use it for my younger siblings as well.”

This action touched Azri, as he knew that the young man's father had passed away years ago.

Habil's widowed mother had to raise his younger siblings alone.

Azri wrote that he held back his tears, and asked Habil to have a meal together.

“I hugged him and said, ‘It’s okay, I’ll join you for a meal. We’ll eat together, okay?’"


Azri said he was touched by Habil's deed.

He wrote: “Habil was only 19 when first came (to Kuala Lumpur) to make a living."

“The words he said that truly left an impact on me were, ‘It’s okay, sir. I don’t know how much longer my mum will be around."

“‘While she’s still here, I want to make her happy. I don’t have anyone else to look after, so it’s fine."

“‘Furthermore, I’m good at making a living on my own each day.’”

Azri’s post has more than 17,000 reactions and 12,000 shares.

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