It is always a traumatic process for children to suddenly lose their parents to illness. CNA looks at how COVID-19 has upended the lives of children in Malaysia.

Since the pandemic began, more than 4,600 children in Malaysia have lost at least a parent or guardian to COVID-19. (File photo: iStock/kohei_hara)

KUALA LUMPUR: Muhammad Haidir Rodzi recalled the sadness he felt when his parents succumbed to COVID-19 in quick succession, leaving him to take over the care of his four younger siblings. 

Mr Muhammad Haidir, 23, who works as an operator filling cooking gas tanks, recounted how his late father had first developed a fever in late May this year. 

Soon after, he tested positive for COVID-19 at the local hospital in Port Dickson and was transferred to a larger hospital in Tampin.

“However, we got a shock phone call that our father had passed away,” Mr Muhammad Haidir said.&n...