Two families in Selayang are finding it hard to make ends meet

Hard conditions: Kasturi lives with her nine children in a rented one-room house in Selayang.

TWO families from Selayang are currently living in deplorable conditions

Their rented houses have broken roofs and damaged wooden walls due to poverty.

A visit to their home located on Temporary Occupancy Land (TOL) gave StarMetro a glimpse into their poverty stricken life.

Kasturi Muniandy, 35, is a widow with nine children aged between three and 17 years.

Her first husband died due to stroke and her second husband has abandoned her.

Kasturi works as a maid three times a week and gets paid RM50 each time.

The rest of the time she sells flowers from door to door in the neighbourhood.

Each month, she pays RM300 as rent and allocates about RM400 for grocery items.

“I can raise about RM1,000 a month. However, it is a struggle,” she said.

Of her nine children, only three are in school, while the oldest two are dropouts and the rest are too young.

“My 17-year-old son does some light jobs as he has a problem with his spinal cord from an accident.

“My 14-year-old daughter helps me care for the younger children when I go to work,” she said.

Besides her family, the small house with one room also provides shelter to another six occupants, who are Kasturi’s aunt and her family.

Kasturi’s sister Thinchette Muniandy, 28, lives next door with her husband, who has just managed to secure a job as a labourer in Penang.

Thichette has three children and her mother lives with her too.

These two families claim they had applied for the peoples housing project (PPR) flats many years ago but had failed to secure a flat.

“Our problem is we do not have thousands of ringgit to pay for the deposit to rent a decent place.

“We can fork out between RM200 and RM250 a month for rent but that is all we can afford.

“We hope the government will provide us with a PPR house somewhere in Selayang. We can manage if my sister and I have a house each,” said Thinchette.

Their current houses could be demolished at any time and they had already been advised to find a new place.

In a separate case, S. Poongkodi, 29, also from Selayang has six children and a sickly husband. Her children are between the age of five and three months old.

Poongkodi is a housewife and her husband is currently undergoing some treatment for his tummy illness.

Due to his illness, he has trouble holding down a job and spends most of his time on his treatment.

She shares the place with her brother-in-law but needs help with her daily provisions and to care for her children’s needs.

Those who wish to help these families can contact James Nayagam at 012-314 1100.

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