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 Ahmad Alias and his children enjoying a karaoke session at Ri-Yaz Heritage Resort and Spa in Pulau Duyong yesterday.
Ahmad Alias and his children enjoying a karaoke session at Ri-Yaz Heritage Resort and Spa in Pulau Duyong yesterday.

KUALA TERENGGANU: Life has never been the same for Ahmad Alias after his wife walked out on him almost a year ago.

Left with six school-going children, aged between 6 and 16, the 43-year-old odd job labourer said it had been a constant struggle to juggle time between running the household and earning an income.

He said putting food on the table had not been easy as suitable jobs, especially at construction sites, were few and far between due to the economic slowdown.

“Now that I am a single parent, I can no longer venture out too far from home to work and that has made it harder for me to bring home regular pay.

“But we are learning to adjust to our new life and my eldest child, Siti Nur Shafikah, has been a big help in keeping things together at home,” said the resident of Kampung Tajin in Hulu Terengganu, who was caught by surprise when he received an invitation to celebrate Fathers Day at Ri-Yaz Heritage Resort and Spa in Pulau Duyong.
Ahmad said that was the family’s first Fathers Day celebration, adding that the boutique resort was kind enough to pick up the family on Saturday morning for a two-day, one-night stay at its royal suite.

“We have never set foot in a hotel before, let alone spend the night in a royal suite at the resort, famous for the Monsoon Cup competition.

“It has been a memorable experience for all of us, being treated like royalty even if it is only for a couple of days,” said Ahmad, adding that he accepted the invitation because he knew his children needed a break.

Siti Nur Shafikah, who is in Form Four at Sekolah Menengah Kuala Telemong, said she and her siblings had never seen or eaten so much food on Fathers Day.

“We had so much fun splashing in the pool, singing to a karaoke set in the living room and having a dip in the jacuzzi. But the best treat for us was to see abah (father) smiling again,” she said.

Ri-Yaz Heritage Resort and Spa general manager Malizan Zakaria said the presence of Ahmad’s family had made the Fathers Day celebration at the resort special.

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KUALA TERENGGANU, 10 Mei (Bernama) — Kegembiraan 10 peserta yang menyertai ekspedisi mencandat sotong, bertukar tragedi apabila mereka disambar petir di perairan Kuala Terengganu, malam tadi.

Berikutan kejadian itu, lima daripada mereka termasuk seorang yang cedera parah, terpaksa ditahan di Hospital Sultanah Nur Zahirah (HSNZ) di sini, manakala lima lagi diberikan rawatan sebagai pesakit luar.

Mangsa yang ditahan di hospital berkenaan ialah Adnan Dollah, 49, Shahrulnizam Kamaruddin, 22, Shahrulnizam Yahya, 25, Shahminizam Shahar, 17, dan Zuhaimi Mad Amin, 39.

Lima lagi yang dibenarkan keluar daripada HSNZ ialah Hamidi Ibrahim, 45, Kamat Ibrahim, 30, Rosli Shafie, 39, Miskom Jemari, 30, dan Shahar Abu Bakar, 49.

Menceritakan pengalaman ngeri itu, seorang mangsa, Shahrulnizam Kamaruddin berkata hujan lebat yang disusuli petir berlaku ketika mereka sedang mencandat sotong kira-kira pukul 10 malam.

“Saya nampak satu cahaya yang sangat cerah disusuli petir menyebabkan saya hampir pitam. Dalam keadaan kelam-kabut, saya lihat kaki saya bengkak dan punggung saya susah diangkat,” katanya ketika ditemui di HSNZ hari ini.

Shahrulnizam berkata semasa kejadian, beliau berada di bahagian belakang bot bersama beberapa rakannya yang lain.

“Saya fobia dan mungkin tidak akan mencandat sotong lagi selepas ini. Tahun lepas, kami pernah datang mencandat sotong, tetapi tidak jadi seperti ini,” katanya yang cedera di telinga.

Hamidi yang mengetuai ekspedisi mencandat sotong kakitangan Jabatan Kraftangan Putrajaya itu, berkata ketika kejadian mereka sedang melakukan aktiviti itu di perairan Kuala Terengganu berhadapan Pulau Duyong.

Beliau berkata mereka tiba di sini, Khamis lepas dan menyewa sebuah bot di Seberang Takir untuk menyertai ekspedisi itu, yang dijadualkan berakhir hari ini.

Hamidi berkata selepas kejadian enjin bot masih berfungsi dan membolehkan mereka kembali ke muara Kuala Terengganu, lalu mendapatkan bantuan menghantar mereka yang cedera ke hospital.

Sementara itu, Pengarah Jabatan Kesihatan Negeri, Dr Nordiyanah Hassan ketika dihubungi berkata kelima-lima mangsa yang masih dirawat di HSNZ itu berada dalam keadaan baik dan stabil.

Beliau berkata kesemua mangsa hanya cedera ringan kecuali seorang yang melecur di bahagian dada kanan.

— BERNAMA

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