Needy man’s plight in media gets public response


Low (left) with Teng at his wife’s funeral wake at Greenlane Heights in Jalan Gangsa.

OCTOGENARIAN Teng Jin Hai who struggles to put food on the table is swamped with donations now after Malaysians heard of his plight.

At his apartment unit in Greenlane Heights, George Town, well-wishers gave him rice, flour, noodles, canned food and some cash.

Teng, 83, said he lived on a shoestring budget with his 81-year-old wife and his 50-year-old son who had to had quit hisfactory job to look after them.

His wife died on Wednesday after being bedridden for many years following a bad fall.

He is not in good health himself and has to use crutches to move about because his legs are frail.

“When I was young, I worked in acoffeeshop preparing the drinks but stopped when I was in my 60s.

“The savings depleted over the years. Hiring a private nurse is not an option due to the cost,” he said.

He said the family had no income after his son quit his job.

They have no fridge or washing machine in their home because they want to save on the electricity cost.

Furthermore, Teng said they have to settle other bills, such as the monthly maintenance bill for the apartment.

“There is not much money left to have three meals a day,” he said during his wife’s funeral wake at the Greenlane Heights carpark on Thursday.

His plight was highlighted by a Chinese newspaper last month which led to theoutpouring of aid from the public.

Bukit Gelugor MCA division secretary Low Joo Hiap, who paid Teng a visit to offer his condolences, gave him some health supplements.

He said those who wished to help Teng could contact the division treasurer, Wong, at 016-415-0480.

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