SHE has been telling everybody about her new home.
At 70, Wong Gan Mooi has, for the first time after 50 years, found a decent place to call home.
Single and with no family members to turn to, she moved in to a unit at a transit home project in Kampung Baru Wah Loong in Kampar about three months ago.
Prior to that, Gan Mooi, an odd-job worker, was staying in a dilapidated squatter house without tap water supply for almost 50 years.
The new village committee secretary Wong Kiew Chai said the 5.7m x 3m unit came with a kitchen and washroom.
“There were eight such units under the transit home project and residents such as Gan Mooi only have to pay RM30 a month for water and electricity and she has the whole unit to herself,” said Kiew Chai.
The residents, he added, could stay there for as long as they want.
The transit home project, believed to be the first of its kind in a new village, received funding from the Prime Minister’s office for new village development.
The home was officially opened by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong in October last year.
While life was not easy for some elderly villagers, Kiew Chai said they kept each other company by participating in projects under the village committee.
For instance, Kampung Baru Wah Loong initiated a cookie making project whereby several villagers would gather at the village’s hall to make the cookies.
Kiew Chai said proceeds from the sales of the cookies would be used to help finance activities in the village and also for charity purposes.
“The villagers also help out at gatherings and enjoy the food and company of each other at the same time.
“There are quite a number of festive and also religious activities in the village temple all year long,” he added.
Villager Phang Lin, 76, said she loved to take part in such activities to keep herself active and mingle with her long time neighbours.
She also works in an eatery nearby the village two to three days a week to earn some money.
“I cook and do household chores at home.
“At my age, health and safety is my wealth,” said Phang who gets from place to place on her bicycle.
Another villager Au Siew Chan, 53, who is physically disabled, was still able to do odd jobs such as house cleaning in the village.
She was a domestic helper before she returned to the village to take care of her ailing mother 10 years ago.
Au now stays with her 86-year-old father Au Teck Hong who still repair bicycles and motorcyles for a living.