Heartbreaking Photos Show Penang Girl Sharing Her UPSR Results With Mum At Her Gravesite
On Thursday, 21 November, when 12-year-old Nur Aqilah Afiah Muhammad Firdaus received her Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) results, the little girl rushed to share it with her mother, who now rests in her grave at the Permatang Pauh Muslim Cemetery
The photos were shared on Facebook by Aqilah's grandmother, who revealed that upon receiving the envelope containing the results, Aqilah refused to open it and asked to visit her mother's grave
In an interview with mStar, Aqilah's 63-year-old grandmother Aishah Mat Akat said that her granddaughter had asked her to accompany her to school to collect the results.
"She said 'Grandma, come to school to replace mama. If you don't come with me, my friends will have their mums with them and I don't have a mum to accompany me'," Aishah was quoted as saying by mStar.
However, once Aqilah received her results at Sekolah Kebangsaan Permatang To' Kandu in Permatang Pauh, Penang, she refused to open the envelope which contained the results.
According to the grandmother, Aqilah is usually a cheerful person but she was overcome with emotions when she received her exam results on Thursday.
"She said she wanted to share her results with her late mum. Aqilah said she feels her mother's presence each time she goes to the grave," the grandmother told mStar.
Aishah has been raising Aqilah since her daughter, Ariani Amir, died in November 2017 at the age of 35 while giving birth to her third child.
On Thursday, at the cemetery, Aqilah shared what she received for each subject with her mother's grave while trying to hold back tears.
"I just kept quiet to let her do what she needed to do," Aishah, who is a former headmistress, said.
"She always speaks to her mum while praying at her grave. She doesn't say a word, you can just hear her sobbing," she told mStar, adding that she then quietly captured the photos of the touching moment.
The grandmother would later upload the photos on Facebook
Aishah's post, with a brief message in Bahasa Melayu, has since gone viral with over 12,000 reactions and receiving more than 6,000 shares at the time of writing.
"Congratulations, grandma's dearest. You have succeeded, with me by your side.
"You still have a long way to go in your journey. If your mother was with you right now, she would surely be proud of you too. Continue your journey… you are a good child and brave in facing adversity..."