Running out of options fast

Food aid: Lee (right) handing over a bag of rice to Tong (left) as Tong’s wife, Kot (seated centre) looks on at the couple’s home in Taman Sepakat, Menglembu. Also present is Medan Kidd Wanita MCA branch chairman Chin Yoke Choo (standing).

FORMER odd-job worker Tong Kiam Fatt and his sick wife, Kot Mei Heng, have not eaten a proper meal in months.

Their meals, if they do have any money for food, consist of just bread or biscuits.

“Sometimes, if I manage to borrow some money from friends, we get to eat plain porridge,” said Tong, who in April was forced to give up work to take care of Kot after she collapsed from a brain haemorrhage and suffered a stroke at their rented home in Menglembu, Ipoh.

“Even during the time when I was working and earning about RM600 per month, we were living from hand to mouth.

“Things are a lot worse now because not only is there no income, I have to spend on adult diapers and taxi fare to get my wife to the hospital for treatment.

“Thankfully, my younger sister, who is working in Singapore, has allowed us to live in her empty house in Taman Sepakat as I simply cannot afford to pay rent for our previous place anymore,” he added.

Tong, 55, said he did not dare leave 47-year-old Kot home alone.

“She cannot speak or move the right side of her body and needs to be cleaned and fed.

“Once a fortnight, I accompany her to the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital for physiotherapy.

“In actual fact, she needs to undergo physiotherapy once a week but because money is scarce, we had to cut down on the sessions as it costs more than RM30 in taxi fare to get to the hospital and back,” he said, adding that Kot would have to undergo another surgery in September to reconstruct her skull.

Ipoh Barat MCA service captain Lee Swee Liong, who alerted the media about the childless couple’s plight, appealed to the public to help ease their suffering.

To donate, call Lee at 016-598 3111.

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