After running out of rice and surviving only on biscuits for three days, a single mother put up a white flag outside her house in Kota Bharu, Kelantan
50-year-old Rohayah Che Samah raised a white flag outside her house after her younger sister told her that it would attract people to come to her aid, reported Bernama.
She is a mother of six, living with her 14-year-old daughter in a 300sqft rented house in Kampung Pulau Kundor, Pengkalan Chepa.
It is learnt that she ran out of savings and rice a few days ago. Since then, Rohayah and her teen daughter ate nothing but biscuits and cakes donated by neighbours.
"I actually did not know about the white flag (campaign). Alhamdulillah, after I flew the white flag, there were people coming with aid," she related.
Rohayah earns a living from batik painting, making only RM2 for every piece she completes
"The most I earn in a day is from painting seven pieces of batik. And during Phase 1 of the National Recovery Plan, there are not many pieces of cloth to be painted," she said when reporters met at her house.
Sinar Harian reported that Rohayah worked as a shop assistant prior to becoming a batik painter. She was forced to quit the job due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"My other children who are in Kuala Lumpur are unable to support me, as they have ordinary jobs and their incomes are also affected by the COVID-19 pandemic," she lamented.
Additionally, what made Rohayah's life more difficult is the fact that she does not have an official divorce document
It hinders her from getting financial aid from the authorities. She has been a single mother for five years.
After a photo of the white flag flying outside her house went viral, special officer to the Pengkalan Chepa member of Parliament (MP) Muhammad Abdul Munib Zakaria visited her to hand over cash and food supply.
The Malaysian rakyat launched the #BenderaPutih movement as a way to get and give help where it is needed:
Meanwhile, a family in Johor recently received help from members of the public after raising a white flag outside their house: