KUALA TERENGGANU: With Merdeka just around the corner, there exist veterans with a heart to assist the downtrodden.
And Capt Raja Mohamed Pheer Mohamed has taken the small yet meaningful step to summon his buddies to earnestly rally to bring some cheer to a limbless woman.
Veteran helicopter pilot Raja Mohamed and company are attempting to raise money to meet the target of RM242,000 to enable a mother of three to obtain prosthetic arms for her to lead a normal life.
The rally, including contributions by other well-wishers, has so far raised RM217,000 for Menaga Krishnan, 49.
Another RM25,000 is required for her to be fitted with the artificial hands at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences in Kerala, India.
Raja Mohamed said he was very touched to read of Menaga’s plight, following the horrific brutal attack she allegedly suffered at the hands of her husband in 2014.
“I have urged my friends, some who are well off, to extend their generosity to come forward and help this pitiful lady.
“Whatever contribution will go a long way towards providing her with the artificial limbs and provide her mobility to tend to herself,” said Raja Mohamed, who served with the Royal Malaysian Air Force for 14 years from 1966.
He later flew for Bristow Helicopters, which later became Malaysian Helicopter Services, for 21 years mainly for the offshore oil and gas industry.
Raja Mohamed is now a consultant with Evergreen Aviation Resources.
He said he received encouraging support from his wife Proja Begum and children Raja Rafi, Raja Jasmin and Raja Nishah to assist Menaga.
“I hope the public will come forward to raise the balance amount for her benefit,” he said.
Meanwhile, Menaga’s son Harivin said his mother was a brave woman who soldiered on despite her traumatic episode.
“She is a strong person and is determined to live life to the fullest.
“All she needs now are the prothestic limbs to carry on. She is eagerly awaiting to go to India once the funds are secured,” said Harivin, 22, who just finished automotive studies at the Community College in Kluang.
He added that the Social Security Organisation had made arrangements to sponsor prosthetic legs and Menaga has to attend rehabilitation in Ayer Keroh, Melaka.
Menaga’s other children are son Nageswaran, 14, a student with SMK Seri Perdana in Kluang and daughter Priya, 23, and undergraduate with Open University Malaysia.
On Dec 12, 2014, Menaga, who was the sole bread-winner in her family, lost all her four peripheral limbs (both hands and feet) after she was reportedly attacked by her 47-year-old unemployed husband N. Marimuthu.
Her husband then committed suicide by drinking pesticide and hanging himself at the balcony of their double-storey house in Jalan Kedondong 4, Taman Suria.
Menaga, who had worked as a dish washer in Singapore for 15 years, lost a lot of blood and was warded at Kluang Hospital where she miraculously survived.
Donations for Menaga can be chanelled to RHB Bank account number: 1-01044-0051214-1 (Harivin a/l N. Marimuthu; Menaga a/p P. Krishnan). Donors can also contact Harivin at 014-3157128. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd