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Thursday, Jun 12, 2014

Malaysia

Mum 'earns' $778 by begging

The Star/ANN | Ng Si Hooi, Nurbaiti Hamdan, | Thursday, Jun 12, 2014

A mother of seven turned to begging to support her family and "earns" up to RM2,000 (S$778) a month from the activity, reported Harian Metro.

Known just as Nazrina, she is the second wife of a Singaporean who lives with his first family in the island republic.

He only provides RM500 for Nazrina and their children, aged between one and 21.

The money given by her husband can only pay for the house rent, electricity and water.

Nazrina, 48, said she had no choice but to beg at a mosque in Pasir Gudang, Johor, for the past three years to help support her family.

"I have to come up with money for food and the children's education," she said.

Begging twice a week at the staircase of a mosque can "earn" her between RM1,500 and RM2,000 a month.

Nazrina would bring her one-year-old baby or another daughter and beg for two to three hours.

She claims to have done part-time jobs, such as helping a friend with her business, but failed because she could not manage her time looking after her seven children.

Her eldest, a son, 21, who is studying business at a university in Kuala Lumpur, and another son, 18, studying hotel management at a college in Pasir Gudang, do not condone her activity but they do not stop her because they understand the family needs money.

"I don't pressure my husband because he has his own family in Singapore. It's not that he doesn't love us but he doesn't earn much.

"I feel that begging is not wrong because I am not lying or stealing.

"Some of the congregation at the mosque know my family and they donate to help us," she said.

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