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GEORGE TOWN: Help is pouring in for the 81-year-old woman and her mentally ill son living at the Peace and Harmony Home.

Home founder Tan Swee Ban said some 20 people visited Siaw Ah Nya @ Siaw Leng Kiam and her son, Lim Chai Hing, 64, at the home in Jalan Thomas yesterday after The Star highlighted their plight.

“Some gave her ang pow while others made donations to the home,” he said, adding that some well-wishers did not even ask for receipts for tax purposes.

One of the donors, who declined to be named, said he gave a token sum to the home to ease some of Tan’s burden. “He really has a big heart,” he said.

Another donor, who wished to be known only as Andrew, said the bond between the mother and the son was very touching.

“I am also from the working class but I sincerely wanted to help them. I wish that more people will step forward to help them in any way they can,” he said.

Siaw, who was dependent on her son for over 30 years, is now looking after Lim who fell sick about five years ago. The illness has robbed Lim of his fitness and vitality and he is no longer capable of taking care of himself.

Both Siaw and Lim have been residents of the nursing home since January.

Many people also sang praises of Tan after reading the story on The Star Online Facebook page.

“Keep up your good work, Mr Tan. Very rare now to find a person like you, a gem to others,” said Lee Swee Lian.

Another Facebook user, Jenny Ng, said “life is so unpredictable”.

“We have no idea of what tomorrow might bring. May many good-hearted people be around to help the very helpless. Thank you.”

Reader Noor Izah Ismail wrote: “May God Bless u Mr Tan. With so many unruly and greedy behaviour now, what you did to this mother and son truly restore the humanity compassion in people around you.”

Tan, who has helped over 300 senior citizens since making a vow eight years ago, was featured in The Star on April 27 as a Star Golden Hearts Award 2017 nominee.

Those who wish to help Siaw may contact Tan at 010 3969 681.

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