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‘Different races, but the same heart’

September 9, 2019

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Muhibbah spirit: Fadhli (with toddler in arms) with his family members and some of the Malaysians who chipped in to help his father (in wheelchair) after they were stranded in London.

PETALING JAYA: Amidst a call to boycott non-Muslim products, one Malaysian has shared how those of different faiths volunteered their time and money to bring his sick father home from London.

Fadhli Sahar says that the incident three years ago taught him Malaysia is stronger when Malaysians help each other without racial or religious discrimination.

His family and him were stranded in London after his father suffered a stroke and was hospitalised with a hefty bill of RM10,000 per day.

“During discussion with hospital administration, they gave us an option to cut my father’s life support. It means we would end his life just to cut the bill,” he said in a Facebook post on Saturday.

Worse still, the air ambulance from London to Malaysia would cost nearly RM500,000.

Fadhli said he felt depressed and hopeless.

“One day, a Malay woman called me to offer some help. She was working in one of the universities in London and said she had some friends, medical doctors who were willing to help,” he said.

Elated to receive some support, Fadhli said they then started a

campaign to raise £25,000 (RM128,148.98) to pay the hospital bill.

Fadhli was sceptical but to his surprise, a Malaysian immediately offered to donate RM30,000.

When he called the philanthropist, Fadhli was surprised to hear a Chinese man on the other line.

“He is a Malaysian who does business in London. We said thank you many times for the donation and he replied ‘Never mind, never mind. I hope by donating the money I’ll get good health and prosperous aaa (sic)’,” Fadhli said.

When they finally started arranging to repatriate his sick father back to Malaysia, the airline required them to get the service of a companion doctor, which was also very costly.

“Suddenly, a group of Malay doctors told us that they found a specialist with experience,” Fadhli wrote.

“When I met the companion doctor, he was Indian. He was so passionate in helping stranded Malaysians and he did it for free. No fees and charges,” he said.

Fadhli said with everyone’s generosity, they were able to bring his father home safely.

“From that moment, I know that we can achieve our goals by cooperating with each other. We can save human lives. We can create big things if we hang together!”

Fadhli said he was touched to receive all the help from various strangers.

“That’s why I am proud to be Malaysian. That’s why I’m proud my country has different people, different background and different races but we have the same heart,” he wrote.

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