CLIMBING up the stairs may be a breeze for most of us, but for Choong Fook Wah, who has severe knee joint problems, it is an uphill task.
The 69-year-old has been suffering with this condition for the past 10 years and does not have the financial means to undergo a total knee replacement surgery.
“I used to work as a lorry driver, carrying soy bean milk in 3kg containers to coffee shops but now I cannot do this anymore.
“I have to depend on my wife who works at a laundrette seven days a week and earns only RM1,000,” he said at his low-cost flat in Desa Petaling, Kuala Lumpur.
Choong said he used to earn RM1,400 to RM1,500 a month.
“The rental for our flat already costs RM450 every month,” he said, adding that he and his wife did not have any children.
He said he could only walk slowly for a few minutes before needing a break.
“So, I don’t go out much now,” he said.
They live on the first floor of the flats and Choong needs to climb the stairs to get to their unit.
Following an appeal to Bandar Tun Razak MCA, its chairman Datuk Chew Yin Keen said 1MCA Medical Foundation would contribute RM3,000 while RM8,000 would come from UKM Medical Centre.
“The balance of RM2,780 will be given by Taiwan Buddhist Tzu-Chi Malaysia Foundation Charity Fund,” Chew said, adding this was only for Choong’s right knee, which was worse than the left.
Chew said they were appealing to the public to contribute RM13,780 for the operation for Choong’s left knee.
He added that they would also help the couple get a public housing unit from local authorities.
Those who want to contribute can make out the cheque to Choong Fook Wah and hand it to the Bandar Tun Razak Community Service Centre, No 17, Jalan 13/142, Taman Orkid Desa, Cheras, Kuala Lumpur.
For details, call the community service centre at 03-9100 2755.