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TRUE HERO: Headmaster's children appreciate his many sacrifices for family
PEKAN: Osman Ahmad is not only his family's sole provider, but also takes care of his bedridden wife.
This 51-year-old headmaster of Sekolah Kebangsaan Peramu Jaya here has been doing this since December 2009 and his sacrifices have touched the hearts of many, including his four sons and a daughter, aged 12 to 27.
Osman, who married Rohani Abdul Wahab in 1985, was almost in tears yesterday when four of his children surprised him with a Fathers Day cake.
Touched by his children's act, Osman immediately hugged them before saying that his undying love for Rohani, 53, and his children would always remain the same.
Osman's children said they were aware of their responsibilities and preferred to help him rather than have a sumptuous meal at a restaurant on Fathers Day.
Despite the taxing duties at home and school, Osman was indeed a true hero to them as he had provided the best for his family, allowing his children to excel in their studies.
Muhammad Zulhafizudin, 20, said they admired their father who had been tirelessly looking into their needs, including preparing their meals, before rushing to school.
The accounting student at Universiti Teknologi Mara said they appreciated their father's sacrifices and would always assist him to take care of their mother.
"Since my mother fell ill, we hardly go for holidays or attend weddings together since someone has to remain at home.
"But none of us has ever complained.
"I pity my father as sometimes he would fall asleep while watching television.
"He would wake up after midnight to wash and iron the clothes, clean the house and complete his school-related work," he said at their home in Peramu Jaya here.
Mohd Zulhairi, 24, said he was concerned that his father lacked proper rest and nutritious food.
"Although a family friend comes to help every morning, my father will call us frequently to check on my mother's condition.
"When at home, my father will do his work near my mother, although she is totally paralysed and is unaware of her surroundings."
Zulhairi said Osman would sometimes sit alone and flip through the albums which contained the photos of their family before Rohani became an invalid when her brain cells ruptured.
Rohani, a former teacher, fell sick after they returned from a trip to Perak five years ago.
"My wife was washing clothes when she suddenly fainted.
"She underwent an operation and spent several months in hospital but sadly she never regained consciousness," he said while feeding Rohani milk with a syringe.