The place is called Persatuan Kebajikan Rumah Orang Kurang Upaya (Handicap Children's Welfare Home) and it is located at Jalan Haji Eusoff (Housing Trust) - about 100 metres behind The Store at Jalan Kampar of Ipoh.
Never once I stopped to talk to the caretaker except a simple "Hello, this is for the children. Can we come in and share the food and drinks with them for a while ? Here, let's open some food and drinks now and you keep the rest for later."
The caretakers will say, "Yes of course".
This year, since I am back for good and carefree now, I decided to stop and talk to the welfare home management (two senior people) for once.
I asked, "Sir, how do you all maintain this place ? Did the Government give any aid ?"
The man replied, "Not at all. We have applied many times but we always get rejected. They say our area is an elite area, we operate without license, and .... " (I can't remember)
I was surprised. How can this home which is Ipoh's Housing Trust be an elite area ?
Okay let us assume that is not a reason.
I don't understand. Why reject Government aid to a welfare home which genuinely supports these handicap children ? Not even a small sum ?
This kid here (pic below) is blind and suffered from either fits/epilepsy (hazy memory..but I know he is blind). His parents left him at the General Hospital and the caretaker was informed about it.
The kind lady, Mary who is the Head of the Welfare Home, took this boy back and cared for him ever since.
There was another boy whose parents died in an accident. He is with the welfare home now but he moves around like a frog (as described by the caretakers, not me).
My mom went over and fed him some biscuits since he couldn't eat on his own. And he has eating/chewing/swallowing difficulties too.
This home houses 24 handicap children and require approximately RM 4000 monthly for maintenance - food, utilities, rent, etc (I was told).
My dear Barisan Nasional Perak Government, have a heart please and go to this home. Listen to them and reevaluate their application for Government aid.
My fellow Perakians, let us stop for a minute and not pray for our own prosperity only. Think about these kids. Spend some time and money to help them or any welfare homes you know.
Every effort, support and thought counts. No matter how small they are.
I am sure there are many more welfare homes with similar problems. But at least, in this case, I am doing my part and highlighting one welfare home's plight.
I hope this article is passed on to
- Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir (UMNO Perak),
- Datuk A Ganesan (MIC Perak),
- Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon (MCA Perak)
- Datuk Chang Ko Youn (Gerakan Perak)
To all Malaysians, please travel safely on the road. Biar lambat asalkan selamat !
Happy Holidays to all of you and Happy Chinese New Year to those who are celebrating the new Tiger Lunar Year. Best wishes to all of you.
All pictures here were taken using my mobile phone with permission from Mary (the Pengerusi of the caretaker).