Girl with disability awarded for selfless act

Nuraina Erieka Abdullah (left) with her mother after the incident

PUTRAJAYA – A 13-year-old girl with learning disability Nuraina Erieka Abdullah was conferred the Hang Tuah Medal Award in recognition for her selfless act of bravery in saving her younger brother from their burning house.

The medal was presented by Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun during the 2020 National-level Children’s Day Celebration, held virtually to curb the spread of COVID-19.


A video on the celebration, themed ‘Sustainable Earth: Protection for Children’, was shared via the Social Welfare Department Facebook page today.

According to media reports, Nuraina Erieka, who had managed to save herself went back into her burning house to bring out her brother, aged one year and three months, in the incident at Taman Anggerik Desa flat, Jalan Beserah, Kuantan, Pahang last month.

The Hang Tuah Medal is an award given by the government to children under 18 who show extraordinary courage in helping to save human lives and property as well as for other courageous actions during emergencies and disasters.

Meanwhile in Melaka, the award was bestowed on 15-year-old Muhammad Fakhrul Fithri Razali from Kampung Sungai Siput, Alor Gajah, for taking the responsibility of looking after his bedridden adopted mother, Azizah Bujang, 53, who had suffered from a stroke.

He was also taking care of the woman’s sister, Norlia (in her 60s) who had lost both legs to diabetes.

Although they were not blood-related, the teenager had been managing the needs of the two women since his father’s death three years ago, such as preparing their food, changing diapers and ensuring that they were receiving proper treatment.

“I did not go to school for half a year when I was in Form One to take care of them, fortunately now there is an assistant to help manage them when I am not home,” he told reporters after receiving the Hang Tuah Award in conjunction with 2020 Melaka state-level Children’s Day Celebration at Tun Abdul Aziz boys’ home at Durian Daun, here, today.