KUALA LUMPUR — January 7, 2019: Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) is donating RM50,000 in addition to raising more through an ongoing internal fundraiser for a former employee who recently suffered a stroke while in London.
A senior officer today told The Mole that the initiative was to help cover the medical and repatriation costs of Sahrom Ahmad, 58, who has been bed-ridden at a hospital a day after he arrived in London on December 12 to attend his daughter’s graduation.
“It is our own initiative to help a fellow tenagawan,” he said when asked about Sahrom’s predicament which made headlines yesterday.
Sahrom is warded at the Charing Cross Hospital and is saddled with a hefty £70,000 bill (RM367,581) – including repatriation cost – which according to his wife, Salmah Ismail, was too big of a sum for the family to raise on their own.
“We will not have enough even if we put our savings together,” said Salmah, who is also a TNB retiree.
She said her husband’s travel insurance will only pay for repatriation if the policy holder is a victim of an accident.
“We are negotiating with the insurance company to pay for the repatriation. We will need to pay for the flight with medical equipment and a medical team to accompany my husband,” said Salmah to a local daily.
According to Sahrom’s daughter, Nur Amalina, who graduated from the University of Loughborough, her father had severe headaches before being incapacitated with a stroke and had to undergo immediate surgery on Dec. 13.
Besides TNB’s, there is another donation drive that is being organised by Nur Amalina’s friends at the crowdfunding website, GoFundMe, which at press time had received £11,948 since the campaign was created today.
“We have set up this campaign on behalf of Amalina and her family in the hope of seeking your help towards funding to assist them with the unaffordable medical bill so that they can bring Uncle Sahrom home. As soon as the insurance claim is received, 100 per cent of the money will be donated to charity,” read the drive’s statement.