GROOM CANCELS WEDDING RECEPTION
He fears guests may stay away because of the virus
IT was a tough decision but carpenter Apri Yusof decided to cancel his wedding reception due to be held on March 23, no thanks to the recent cases of avian flu H5N1 detected in Kampung Pulau Tebu in Tunjung, near here.
The 36-year-old had been involved in the free-range chicken business the past two years. Sadly five of his free-range chickens had been culled while another five had died.
Apri, who will tie the knot with his sweetheart on March 20, said he was worried that guests might not turn up for the reception because of the H5N1 cases.
“It is not that I do not want to share our happiness with friends and relatives, but I am worried that they might stay away. It is better that I cancel the feast.”
He said the veterinary and health officers had culled more than 100 chickens and disposed off eggs in the village.
“I ventured into the chickenrearing business two years ago and spent a lot of money buying more than 10 free-range chickens. However, my dreams have now turned into a nightmare.
“I have to find another source of income as income from carpentry is not enough to support my family,” he said.
Apri, who was from Tanah Merah, had been staying in the village with his adoptive mother.
“My adoptive mother lost her husband four years ago due to heart attack. She relies on me for a living. She also helped me in rearing chickens,” said Apri.