Singapore’s Suria channel celebrities Suzairhe Sumari and Huda Ali, among others, have been circulating a video on Facebook rallying for financial support for ailing veteran comedian Alias Kadir.
The 53-year-old entertainer, who is popular within the Malay community, has diabetes and was admitted to the National University Hospital (NUH) in early April. In the touching 55-second video published on 19 April, actor Suzairhe calls for donations from the public to assist Alias, whose real name is Mohd Osman Ahmad, to finance his hospital fees.
According to recent reports, the doctor has amputated two of Alias’ left toes. He had also revealed in a recent interview with Mediacorp’s Berita that he has been suffering from poor vision, which he believes was caused by his illness.
“My deteriorating vision is probably due to my diabetes, despite having gone for a cataract surgery four months ago. I felt like a blind man performing on stage last month … I needed someone to guide me by the hands while walking,” he was quoted as saying during the interview. He was performing for a live comedy show called “Gang Pecah Perut” just last month.
He also mentioned in the interview that he won’t be able to afford the cost of his treatments and surgeries, which can easily amount to many thousands of dollars. The combined funds from his CPF and Medisave won’t suffice either, he reportedly said. He is also hoping for assistance from the hospital’s medical social workers.
The video has since garnered close to 2,000 shares and watched 75,000 times.
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