KUANTAN: Before starting his 300km walk from Kuantan to Putrajaya, former soldier Nasri Mat Jusoh told his wife not to worry.
“God is with me,” he said to her.
Hamimah Khadim clings to these words of comfort but admits that she is still concerned.
She said she was initially against the idea of her husband walking that far but after she saw the determination in his eyes, she decided to leave him in God’s hands.
“No matter how hard life gets, he’s my husband and that’s what matters most to me. So I didn’t support his decision at first as anything can happen on the road.
“But when I saw how determined he was and how hard he trained for the journey, I changed my mind,” she told FMT.
Armed only with a PKR flag and a bag of supplies, Nasri started his walk from a taxi stand near a restaurant called Nasi Ayam Aida in Kuantan at 8.30am yesterday.
The walk is an act of protest against the rising cost of living.
Hamimah, who sells fruit at a stall near their home, said her husband had first told her about his plan on the morning of April 15.
“We were sitting together at home and he suddenly told me he wanted to walk. When I asked him where to, he said ‘I want to walk to Putrajaya.’
“When I asked him why he wanted to do that, he told me he wanted to wave the PKR flag.”
Hamimah said Nasri was not always a Pakatan Harapan supporter. In fact, she said, Nasri was once a staunch PAS man.
“But he’s so disappointed with the country now and he told me he wanted the country to ‘rise again’ with Pakatan Harapan.”
Nasri will walk about 74km a day and is expected to reach the Putrajaya centre in four days.
But Hamimah still worries about her husband. She said she wished she could at least meet him when he reaches Putrajaya.
“I’m in a mess. Ever since he left on Tuesday, I can’t sleep because I’m so worried about his safety. I want to wait for him in Putrajaya but I don’t know how to drive and I don’t know who I can ask for help.”