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Family that spark Terengganu Cluster after spreading to 127 others seeks forgiveness

A family from Terengganu is being discriminated against by neighbours and other people from the village after one of their relatives was identified as the index patient of the Kampung Matang Cluster in Terengganu that allegedly infected 127 other people.

As reported by Bernama, the said cluster is currently the biggest cluster in the Hulu Terengganu district. In addition, the Kampung Matang Cluster had spread to 3 nearby villages and sparked other new clusters as well.

One of the family members, Mohd Adli Mohamad said that his family had become the target of the public’s anger and it is agonizing to deal with the criticism and cold treatment from the other villagers, if compared to the suffering from being infected with Covid-19.

Source: Bernama

“Our family would like to apologise to the community in Hulu Terengganu, especially those living under the Telemong State Legislative Assembly, for the difficulties they are facing, always living in worry due to the rapid spread of COVID-19.”

“However, what happened was not intentional, we did not mean to hurt or infect anybody. We hope that people will stop ‘punishing’ our family as it disrupts our emotions,” he said to Bernama.

According to Bernama, Mohd Adli explained that his brother-in-law returned to their village during Ramadan to ensure his wife is undergoing a smooth confinement period after giving birth to their child. He had obtained the police authorisation to travel interstate and was tested negative for Covid-19 from a swab test, but somehow, he was tested positive not long after.

“In just a blink of an eye, one by one of our 48 family members (including my brother-in-law’s family) tested positive and went on to receive treatment at the hospital while also undergoing quarantine at the locations assigned by the government. Maybe we are careless while socialising, causing many of our family members to be infected with Covid-19.” he said.

Source: Berita Harian

Even though he and his family members had fully recovered, they continued to face cold treatment from the villagers, while some even go to the extent of asking them to move out of the village.

“It’s very disheartening when one of our family members wanted to purchase basic items at a store but no one wanted to assist them in fears of being infected despite them having fully recovered from the disease,” he said.

“In the end, they had to ask for permission from the authorities to purchase all their basic necessities at a different location quite far from where they stayed because they did not want to incite an uncomfortable atmosphere in the village.”

Source: The Edge

However, Mohd Adli explained that he and his family would not blame the villagers for treating his family this way as he believes it is a misunderstanding.

He said that although they no longer can infect others after receiving treatment at the hospital, the villagers still find it difficult to accept the fact with an open mind.

He added that he have to be strong in facing this challenge and hope that everything will return to normal soon. He then urge other Malaysians to continue complying with the SOP to curb the spread of Covid-19 so they will not have to experience what his family went through.

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