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I'm not giving my baby up for adoption, says single mum on fake viral message

PADANG BESAR: A single mother of two, Nur Hidayah Low Abdullah, 32, from Bukit Keteri here, has denied ever putting up her baby for adoption due to financial constraints.
She claimed that unknown to her, someone had posted a message claiming that she was looking for foster parents for her nine-month-old daughter.
The message has since gone viral on WhatsApp and she has been getting hundreds of phone calls from strangers who expressed their wish to adopt her child since early today.
“My phone has been ringing off the hook since 5am today from people who wanted to take my daughter up for adoption.
"Apart from that, many individuals and groups have been visiting my family to verify the viral message," she said when met at a shophouse belonging an imam in the village, where her family has been seeking shelter after moving from her hometown in Malacca to Perlis.
Hidayah admitted she had passed her personal information and the address of the shophouse to a friend yesterday, before the misleading message started circulating today.
Although she has no idea who had spread such false news, she is not blaming the person over the misunderstanding, as the person only meant to help.
"Other than the false information that I am putting up my child for adoption, the viral message also wrongly claimed that I am from Sarawak," she added.
The circulated message alleging that Nur Hidayah wished to give up her children due to financial constraint had caught the attention of many quarters including Perlis Mufti Datuk Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin, Perlis division Perkim, Perlis Islamic Religious Council (MAIPs) and state Pas Commissioner Mohd Shukri Ramli.
Earlier today, Asri who had visited Hidayah, issued a statement on his Facebook page that the mother of two, who hails from Malacca, had moved to Perlis several months ago with her daughters after she broke up with her husband.
"The family has since been receiving monthly cash aid from Perlis Islamic Religious Council (MAIPs) amounting to RM2,000 to date besides a monthly allowance from the Welfare Department and also assistance from the Pertubuhan Kebajikan Islam Malaysia (Perkim) Perlis chapter.
"She and her daughters are living on the upper floor of a shophouse belonging to an imam at the village who are letting them to stay for free. I commend him for his generosity," he said in the statement.
Asri also explained that the woman has been attending religious classes organised by Perkim while her daughter is attending a school nearby.
Meanwhile, Perlis Perkim officer Abd Rahim Abdullah said it is planning to temporarily relocate the woman and her daughters to its activity centre in Jalan Syed Saffi here soon.

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