'' My grandparents. My parents didn't want me. As a baby, my mother gave me away to a Chinese family in Singapore. My grandparents found me and brought me back to Kampung Majidee in Johor Bahru. We were poor, but I had a happy childhood even though I had to make a living from the age of seven by peddling jackfruit and 'kuih' around the village. My loving grandparents made me who I am now. ''
Mariam Mahadzir , BETTER THAN EVER SHARIFAH AINI,
The Malaysian Women's Weekly, December 2000
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