He fears guests may stay away be­cause of the virus

New Straits Times - - News - SHAR­I­FAH MAHSINAH AB­DUL­LAH KOTA BARU shar­i­

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.

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