“Amma, this is for you, please come back,”

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SEREMBAN  –  R. Yamuna clutched her 8A’s PMR results slip tightly, but there was no joy for her because she could not break the happy news to the most important person in her life her mother.

Her mother died a day before the results were announced on Wednesday.

“I want Amma (mother), please bring me to her.  Yamuna sobbed before her schoolmates who were present at SM Puteri here yesterday.

Her father M. Ramesh, 42, said Yamuna was still unable to cope with the death of her mother S. Parimala Devi, also 42.

“My wife died after being admitted to the hospital for liver disease.

“All of us, including Yamuna’s elder brother, still cannot believe that she is gone,” he said yesterday.

He recalled how Parimala would diligently accompany Yamuna to school and had motivated her during the Penilaian Menengah Rendah.

“My late wife promised to take Yamuna to Legoland in Johor Baru if she scored all As in her examination,” he said in a choked voice.

A distraught Ramesh said he was proud of his daughter’s achievement as he could not afford to send her for tuition after he was retrenched early this year.

During the interview at her home in Taman Desa Rasah here, Yamuna was still clinging to her mother’s framed picture, and repeatedly told her “amma” that she had made it.

She promised to study hard and try to achieve Parimala’s wish for her to become a doctor.

Temiang Barisan Nasional co-ordinator Jason Lee pledged to help Yamuna in her education, including arranging tuition classes for Yamuna.

“I will speak to Negri Sembilan MCA leaders to see how best we can help Yamuna,” he said.