Malaysian woman gives birth in fast-food outlet on birthday of business founder

Ms Nur Haslina Abdul Halim cradling her new-born at the Sultan Abdul Halim Hospital in Sungai Petani, Kedah.
Ms Nur Haslina Abdul Halim cradling her new-born at the Sultan Abdul Halim Hospital in Sungai Petani, Kedah.PHOTO: THE STAR / ASIA NEWS NETWORK

SUNGAI PETANI (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A Malaysian woman was expecting her second child only at the end of this month but her baby was impatient and made a grand entry at a fast-food outlet here.

Ms Nur Haslina Abdul Halim, 29, her husband Mohd Lufti Hussein and their one-year-old son were having a meal at Marrybrown restaurant in Amanjaya Mall when her water bag broke.

Fortunately for the couple, Marrybrown Aman Jaya manager Shahrizal Daud, 43, a mother of eight, was quick to react.

She called the nearby Sultan Abdul Halim Hospital while her female staff formed a human barrier to shield Ms Nur Haslinah during the incident at about 10.40pm on Sunday (Oct 2).

An off-duty nurse shopping in the mall helped out before medical staff from the hospital arrived.

At 11.10pm, the healthy 2.59kg baby girl was delivered.

Mr Mohd Lufti, when met at the maternity ward of the hospital on Monday, said he was relieved that all went well.

"We were at the mall to buy some baby items and dropped by Marrybrown for a meal after our shopping," he said.

"While eating, Nur Haslinah said she felt uncomfortable and I planned to send her to hospital after our meal but my baby girl did not wait. I am grateful for everyone's help.

Marrybrown Group CEO Joshua Liew, 37, was excited when he was informed soon after the child was born.

"Since Mohd Lufti is from Johor, Marrybrown Johor will organise a grand celebration to welcome the 'Marrybrown Baby' when she returns to Johor to meet her relatives," Datuk Liew said, adding that the baby will also enjoy free birthday parties with her friends and relatives at any Marrybrown outlet until she is 12 years old.

"It is a blessing for us (Marrybrown) as my mother, Datin Nancy Liew, who is also our founder, was born on Oct 2 as well," he said.