I'VE received the first donation of RM5,000 for ailing editor Karim Sulaiman. The donation came from Berita Publishing, the publisher for women's magazine JELITA.
Jelita, on the occassion of its 30th anniversary, held a dinner to mark the occasion at the Istana Hotel on Saturday night. The glittering function was graced by YBhg To' Puan Seri Wan Hibatul Hidayah Wan Ismail, who is the wife of YTM Yg DiPertua Majlis Penasihat Pemangku Raja Terengganu.
Many top models and personalities who had graced the magazine's cover over the last 30 years were also present and took part in a fashion show which added more glamour to the night. I was asked to pick up the mock cheque from YBhg To' Puan and will soon pass the actual cheque to Karim at his home in Seri Gombak.
The Senior General Manager of Berita Publishing, Puan Zaini Zainudin, said the magazine was touched when they read about Karim's predicament. Hence, the donation. She herself visited Karim on Sunday Dec 17.
I hope to receive more contributions from friends and help alleviate Karim's suffering. Fellow blogger Ahirudin Attan has also been highlighting Karim's plight and that's really good.
This morning, Karim and wife, Hawa, received yet another form of support. This time from the Deputy Minister of Health, Dato Dr Abdul Latif Ahmad. He dropped by Karim's house and spent an hour chatting with him and the family. Himself a medical doctor, the deputy minister wasted no time and contacted Hospital Kuala Lumpur for advice.
The Editor in Chief of Bernama, an old friend, Datuk Azman Ujang, was also present, along with a group of fellow journalists and photographers.
Dr Latif is now making arrangements for Karim to obtain second and/or third opinion regarding his ailment. He said that Karim is suffering from an extremely rare skin disease. In fact, several doctors whom Karim consulted in the past shook their head wondering what really ails him.
Could it be scleromyxoedema? Well, Dr Latif said it's better for the doctors who specialises in skin ailments to do a thorough investigation on Karim and let them do all the necessary tests rather than making a guess.
Karim, a winner of the country's top journalism award in 2000 when he served the Berita Harian, is also doing his own research on his sickness. Helped by his wife and children, Karim has been surfing the Net looking for any clue that could alleviate his suffering. In one instance, he found out that the health authorities in America has promised a reward for anyone who could find a cure to the disease.
Karim is on six-months leave with full pay till May next year, after which he will be on half month for six months. Thereafter, he will be receive Socso benefits only.