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Azrul, founder of transit home for orphans, dies at 35

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Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR — February 15, 2019: Farewell Azrul. Gone too soon.

The founder of a transit home for aged-out orphans, Che Rozi Azrul Che Aziz, died at the National Heart Institute last night, due to heart and lungs complications.

The 35-year old Azrul is survived by his wife and six children. He has been buried today at his hometown in Tumpat, Kelantan.

Azrul, who was an orphan himself, established the home to provide transitionary training for aged-out orphan in 2006 after he saw many of his parent-less peers experiencing difficulties in adapting to life outside their orphanage.

“Most of them tend to suffer from inferiority complex when they leave their orphanage because they lack survival skills. A friend of mine was tricked into prostitution and she couldn’t escape from it, even till today,” said Azrul in an interview with The Mole two years ago.

An aged-out orphan refers to those who are required to leave their orphange after reaching a certain age. In Malaysia, it is 18 years old. The transit home founded by Azrul is managed by an orphans-related foundation called Yayasan J’keb.

“This is the hero who saves children. Thank you Azrul. Heaven couldn’t wait for you,” wrote popular social activist, Syed Azmi Alhabshi, who penned a heartfelt posting on Facebook in remembrance of Azrul’s deeds.

Based in Keramat, the transit home is fully funded by the Welfare Services Department.

The following is The Mole‘s video report featuring Azrul and the orphans at the transit home posted in August 2017.

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Zaidi Azmi

Zaidi Azmi

If Zaidi Azmi isn’t busy finding his way in the city, this 26-year-old northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make sense of the Malaysian political scene. Zaidi can be reached at zaidiazmi91@gmail.com.