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Inmate P. Muniandy was rescued while sleeping in a pile of old clothes – By SHAARI CHEMAT/ The Star
KUALA LUMPUR: In his heyday, fearsome creatures were under his supervision and care. He was a keeper in Zoo Negara, looking after the lions, feeding them and tending to their enclosure.
But life took on a beastly turn for P. Muniandy. After being involved in an accident eight years ago, he was unable to find work.
His family members regarded him as a burden and dumped him in a welfare home.
Muniandy, who is now 70 and suffers from poor health and worsening eyesight, was abandoned again two months ago, along with four other inmates of the derelict home.
Speaking from his bed at Hospital Selayang where he is warded for observation, Muniandy recalled that his four children told him that they could not take care of him.
“I was a burden so I was dropped off there. I have not seen them for almost a year. Please help me find them,” he said with tears rolling down his unshaven face.
Asked if his children lived far away, he said he believed they were in the city but was unable to recall exactly where.
Muniandy was among five elderly people left to fend for themselves for over two months at the vacated welfare home in Taman Wahyu, with no running water.
Another rescued inmate of the home, who only identified himself as Ah Seng, 65, said he had been staying there for about six years.
“What they did to us is wrong. We are people too and not just a burden,” he said.
At the hospital, the group showed just how famished they were by wolfing down plates of food.
A staff member at the hospital said they were clearly dehydrated and malnourished.
“We are monitoring them and working to restore their strength with rest and proper diet,” she said.
But their nightmare does not appear to be over. Due to the lack of beds at the hospital’s emergency ward, four of them were shunted to Hospital Kuala Kubu Baru yesterday.
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