“Don’t lose hope and stop fighting for your current situation,” said an engineer who herself was born and raised in a slum to Sungai Sebatang slum dwellers upon seeing their plights highlighted in the social media recently.
The Sungai Sebatang slum one of the remaining slum areas in Bintulu are fighting to temporarily stop their eviction order in the Court.
Liza Ranggi born and raised at Kampung Stutong Baru, near SMK Tabuan Jaya one of the many slum areas in Kuching.
She said, she could relate to their struggles, hardship, and discrimination they are facing daily.
CUT DEBTS, SAVED FOR YOUR KIDS EDUCATION
She hopes the Sebatang slum dwellers will get a win-win term for their eviction. Most importantly she said, they should focus on providing and supporting their kids to achieve the highest education they could give.
“Cut unnecessary debts and saved for your kids,” advised Liza. “You may not be able to provide a good life for your children but do provide them good education a ticket out of poverty.”
Slum children Liza said, must also get rid of their low self-esteem – a social stigma often associated with being born in slum areas.
“At school, I always feel ashamed of my social status and other kids at school regularly make fun of squatters people,” Liza confided.
So she never let her friends know she was living in ones. But those who did know, understand her feeling and refer slum area as “Sting-garden”.
“Whenever teachers asked me where I live, my classmates would quickly help me to answer them,” she said.
Liza’s family life gradually improved after her dad got a job at an airport as a traffic hand while her mom assists by doing all sort of odd jobs.
In 2013, she flew to Europe on vacation, a luxury she once could only dream of being a slum daughter.
Her married to an Amsterdam native means the beautiful Holland city will be Liza’s second home and happened to be her favorite European city.