MELAKA: It was a dream come true for Ahmad Amirul Rizuan Abdullah, 9, when his mother received a voucher for a night’s stay at a hotel, as well as activities at a water theme park, sponsored by Bayou Lagoon Park Resort here.
Ahmad Amirul, who is autistic, had always wanted to spend the night at a hotel and play at the water theme park. He had been pestering his mother, Juliana Baharudin, 40, to realise his wishes.
"All these years, I have never taken him to a water theme park, let alone, spend the night at a hotel.
"I cannot afford to pamper him with all these because I am dependent on monthly contributions from the Social Welfare Department," said Juliana, a single mother who make ends meet by selling ice cream and nasi lemak.
Juliana, who does not have a car, said sometimes she does not even have enough money to travel from one place to another via bus or taxi.
"My son is still young. So when he wants something, he will incessantly ask for it. He has always pestered me to take him to play in the water park and spend the night at hotel but I could not realise his wish.
"I have never taken him out for shopping because I cannot afford that luxury.
"I am so glad that someone finally come forward to help realise my son's request," she said after receiving a voucher of a hotel stay and entrance ticket to the Bayou Lagoon Park Resort, presented by its managing director Datuk Marco Seow.
Also present was Melaka Pembela director Amir Hamzah Aziz.
Amirul is Juliana's only son. He suffers from autism since he was six and is currently studying at Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Merlimau under the Special Education Programs Integration (PPKI).
"He is always emotional and hyperactive, making it difficult for me to work as I need to give my full attention to him. Even teachers at the kindergarten didn't want to accept his enrolment.
"He also finds it difficult to mingle with the other children”.