Mid-Autumn festival is just right around the corner, however, compared to previous celebrations this year’s occasion will be extra special as 26 families from Malaysia and Singapore have been reunited after months of being apart from each other.
The reunion included 8 families and 9 children (as young as 6 months to 4 years old) from places like Ipoh, Pahang, Selangor and Johor. The children’s return to their parents was assisted by family members who have cared for them for several months.
After months of communicating through laptops and mobile phones, the heartwarming reunion filled with tears of joy and hugs from parents who have been working in Singapore throughout the pandemic was captured by Malaysian politician and Johor State Executive Councillor, Liow Cai Tung
Following the post, Liow stated that there are many families with sad stories of leaving their loves ones – one of them includes a father leaving his newborn baby after 3 days of its birth to go back to work in Singapore, followed by the baby’s mother after her maternity leave was over, leaving her newborn in the care of her aunt.
Although the couple had plans to return every week, it eventually got cancelled due to the lockdown, forcing them to watch their baby grow up from afar, virtually.
According to Mothership Singapore, all of this would have not been possible without the help of the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority of Singapore (ICA) who arranged to transport the children and offered to carry their bags, and the Immigration Department of Malaysia.
As a parent, it must be hard to be away from your children for that long. We believe that their Mid-Autumn will be a meaningful one, full of smiles with a lot of catching up to do.