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Published: Friday May 9, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Friday May 9, 2014 MYT 8:28:52 AM

Hunt still on for culprits who abandoned five senior citizens

KUALA LUMPUR: The authorities are still on the hunt for the operators of the old folks home in Taman Wahyu who left behind five residents to languish in squalid conditions and without running water.

The Welfare Department and the police are still trying to track down the culprits since the horrible conditions the residents were subjected to were highlighted in The Star on Jan 13.

The department has confirmed that the home was operating without a permit.

City police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Mohmad Salleh had previously described the abandonment of the five residents in such filthy conditions as “a heinous crime” and vowed to track down the culprits.

They were weak, dehydrated and malnou­rished when rescued by neighbours.

The Star report revealed the extent of the squalor they lived in. They were living among piles of rubbish, old clothes, discarded boxes, strewn plastic bottles and a broken toilet.

The paper’s investigations revealed a name card, believed to belong to the operators, that was left behind at the home.

There was also a letter of demand from the house owner and a police report dated July last year against one Daniel Paul for being behind in the rental and utility bills.

The house owner had asked the operators to pay RM2,800 in rent arrears, RM2,910 for water and RM342 for electricity as well as to vacate the property by July 5 last year.

Attempts to reach the house owner have been unsuccessful.

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