Azilah Walad has been taking care of Syawal Mukhriz Razak since he was a little boy.
At 67 years old, the grandmother is now blind after a terrible accident she met 10 years ago. She also used to sell kuih (cakes) for a living but she also had to stop because of the accident.
It is now time for the 14-year-old teenager to take care of his beloved grandmother. But for him to be able to do that, Syawal had to skip and, eventually, drop out of his classes. This prompted his expulsion from his school after receiving three warning letters from Malaysia’ education department, Jabatan Pendidikan Negeri, or JPN.
However, JPN wants him to return to his studies. As a former student of Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Alor Merah, he used to receive financial assistance from Kumpulan Wang Amanah Pelakar Miskin, a fund derived from government allocation and external contributions which intends to provide specific assistance to poor Malaysian students to prevent them from dropping out of school and, generally, to help them excel in their studies.
A JPN officer, Abdullah Abdul Manaf, said that he and his team will be visiting Syawal and his grandmother soon to assess their situation and see what they can do to help him return to school.