Woman who claims to be 2nd wife of S'pore man begs for a living

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A woman who claims to be the second wife of a Singapore man has been a regular feature a mosque in Pasir Gudang in Johor. 

She goes there to beg for money to support the family, which consists of herself and her seven children, reported the Harian Metro.

It is not known if the Singapore man is the father of all her children who are aged from 1 to 21. Malaysian media reported that the husband lives in Singapore with his other family here and provides about RM500 ($194) for the woman and their children. 

The 48-year-old woman, whose name was given only as Nazrina, told Harian Metro: "I don't pressure my husband because he has his own family in Singapore. It's not that he doesn't love us, but he doesn't earn much."

She claims to earn about RM2,000 ($778) a month by begging at the mosque twice a week, for about 2 to 3 hours each time and with her baby or another daughter in tow. 

The mother of seven said she has no choice as the money provided by her husband can only cover rent, electricity and water. "I have to come up with money for food and the children's education," she told Harian Metro. 

While she also claimed to have had part-time jobs previously, she found it difficult managing her time with seven children to care for. 

She said: "I feel begging is not wrong because I am not lying or stealing." 


Source: The Star, Harian Metro