Inspiring Story - It’s not easy juggling ‘two jobs’

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

KUALA LUMPUR: Busy mum Nurul Izzah Anwar insists on breast-feeding her daughter Raja Nur Safiyah and on days when the Parliament sits, the baby joins her there to be nursed.

Raja Nur Safiyah was only a few months old when Nurul Izzah, 29, won the Lembah Pantai parliamentary seat in the March 8 general election.

Fortunately for the new Member of Parliament (MP), she can breast-feed in privacy using her mother’s former room at the Parliament office tower.

A partition had been created for Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, then the Opposition Leader, to rest and pray.

When her father Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim took over from Dr Wan Azizah, Nurul Izzah continued to breast-feed behind the partition.

“I prefer to breast-feed my daughter until she turns two,” said Nurul Izzah.

Chief administrator of Parliament building Datuk Kamaruddin Baria, when asked about a nursing room, said the administration would have to create space if Nurul Izzah requested for it.

Now seven months into her second pregnancy, Nurul Izzah will probably be the first woman to deliver a baby as a serving MP - and she insists on breast-feeding her second child as well.

Asked how she would cope with a newborn, a toddler and her duties as an MP, Nurul Izzah, who is still busy organising functions and activities in her constituency said: “I have no answer for that. It is not an easy task for any other working mother for that matter.”

Nurul Izzah’s husband Raja Ahamad Shahrir is working overseas and only comes home during weekends.

She said motherhood has made her more sensitive to the plight of single mothers and the struggles of women.

“It is tough, tiring but challenging,” she said.





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6 comments

  1. ada gak persamaan aku dgn die..breastfeed anak ...pas tu lakipun takdo...balik weekends jek...hehehe(poyo je akukan fiza)

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  2. huh fiza...gud entri...mak sukeeeeeeeeeee...sesuai gak ngan tajuk sgm kita baru nih ;)

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  3. salam Fiza,

    kakyong memang salute dgn nurul izzah.. bukan senang koje jd MP ni, selalu dok berkepuk di parlimen, kena selalu turun pdg & melawat kawasan..

    syahadah ~ ade le persamaan cuma tak kena melawat kwsn & berhujah di parlimen.. hehehh ;)

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  4. tabik spring ngan nurul izzah..
    bz mana pon still x lupe hak anak..

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  5. syahadah-> Yerlah, cuma yg membezakan ialah....Nurul Izzah MP & syahadah SAHW..wakakaka...jgn mare :)

    herni-> ku memang suka citer yg bley memberi inspirasi ni.

    kakyong-> ku pon salute dgn nurul izzah ni kakyong, muda2 lagi dah jadi MP, pastu dpt BF anak plak tu.

    July-> Btul3x :)

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  6. nurul izzah..ku mmg minat giler kat nurul izzah ni...role model ku dari dulu gi...baru hari ni tau die pun bf her bby...btambah berkobar2 semangat ku nk bf my baby till her 2nd bday..., insyaAllah....

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