16-year-old Wan Arif Firdaus Wan Ahmad Affendy will have his hope of owning a new prosthetic leg realised, thanks to a RM12,500 contribution from Menteri Besar Incorporated (MB Inc).
According to Perak Menteri Besar’s senior special officer, Mohd Hafez Mubin Mohd Salleh, the contribution is to fulfill Wan Arif’s dreams of entering the Paralympics.
“We’ll be handing the cheque over to Bioapps Sdn Bhd, a prosthetics company. He will receive the new prosthetic leg in a fortnight,” he told reporters after presenting the mock cheque to Wan Arif at his residence in Kampung Sentang, Batu Gajah, yesterday (November 12).
Also present was chief of Strategic Corporate Communications for MB Inc, Siti Kamesah Bee Md Hashim.
“On MB’s behalf, we hope Wan Arif utilises the new prosthetic leg actively in sports, but mainly to his convenience of daily movements. May his ambitions be accomplished in the future,” Mohd Hafez expressed.
Wan Arif’s unfortunate circumstance went viral on various social media platforms after a few news portals broadcasted his life story, where he had to help his mother out with her puri business.
His happy demeanour could be seen after receiving the cheque. According to Wan Arif, he didn’t expect to be able to own a new prosthetic leg due to his parents’ difficulties in earning income to accommodate his medical expenses.
“I feel very grateful to MB Inc for helping my family and I to obtain a new prosthetic leg. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.
“I love swimming and I wish to represent Perak one day. I’ll ensure that my dreams of participating in the Paralympics are realised and change my family’s fate for the better,” Wan Arif expressed with a beam of hope.