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MIC’s Beacon of Hope

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SEREMBAN  –  The new year has begun with new hope for R. Yamuna, whose mother died a day before she received her PMR results of 8A’s.

Her plight, which was highlighted in The Star on Dec 21, has caught the attention of Negri Sembilan MIC, which has offered financial assistance until she completes her tertiary education.

State MIC chief Datuk T. Rajagopalu said it decided to provide aid to Yamuna, who is from Taman Dessa Rasah in Seremban, during a special meeting on Dec 30.

“We (MIC) will act as a foster parent for Yamuna until she completes her tertiary education. For a start, we will set up a study room at her home to be equipped with a laptop.

“Many people had asked us why MIC did not respond to Yamuna. But we took time to conduct a background check and found that her father was facing financial difficulty after being retrenched a year ago,” he told the Star in an interview.

Yamuna’s mother, Parimala Devi, 42, died on Dec 19 after being admitted to the hospital for liver disease, and had often expressed her wish to see the girl enter university.

The SM Puteri student had been in tears after receiving her result slip.

The assistance offered to Yamuna, said Rajagopalu, would include monthly tuition aid and canteen money until the completion of her Upper Six or college studies, a RM80 monthly allowance over the next two years, funds for provisions, books, uniform vouchers and school transport fees.

Yamuna’s eldest brother, who is sitting for his SPM examination this year, would also be given assistance, he said, adding that its Youth Wing would also be asked to help out should the girl require medical treatment during this time.

Expressing his gratitude, Yamuna’s father, M. Ramesh, 42, also thanked other well wishers who had provided monetary and moral support for Yamuna, even calling them from as far as Brazil, Dubai and the United States.

“We are touched by the generosity and kindness of Malaysians, who have given my daughter all the support she needs during our period of grief,” he said.