81-year-old mother struggling to care for her only son and fears for his future


Bedridden by stroke, Loh is cared for by his 81-year-old mother (left). Ting (in green) and Bong hope to help the family.

MIRI: Single mother Lee Ah Lan, 81, has been caring for her only surviving son Loh Suan Keng, 61, who is bedridden with stroke and other illnesses.

Her daily duties involve having to clean him, change his adult diapers, change the soiled bedding and feed him.

However, these tasks have become too taxing for the aged woman who is now suffering from eyesight problems.

Miri Agape Welfare Society that has been helping the duo, highlighted their plight to Piasau state assemblyman Datuk Sebastian Ting.

On Sunday afternoon, Ting visited the needy duo at their house near the city centre, and approved on-the-spot immediate material aid for them.

Ting said words of consolation to Lee and pledged to look into their needs and extend long-term support.

Miri Agape chairman Bong Hui Lian was pleasantly surprised by Ting’s swift response.

She described his visit as heart-warming, adding that the society was relieved that the needy mother and son received the help from Ting, Piasau SUPP and its Women and Youth wings.

“The duo are living alone. Grandma Lee as we fondly call her is already in her 80s while her bedridden son is in his 60s. The son has been suffering from stroke and other health complications that render him unable to walk or even sit up.

“He has to be changed and bathed on his bed. He uses adult diapers and requires constant care,” she said, adding that Ting and his team promised to give them a washing machine and a specially-built bed.

“The bed will be similar to the type of bed used in hospitals.

“This will make it easier for her to tend to her son and can help prevent bedsores,” she said.

Bong added that the washing machine would be of significant help because Lee had been washing the bedding with her hands.

“She just underwent cataract surgery and cannot afford to do too much manual housework.

“The washing machine will ease her daily burden greatly,” she said.

Lee was seen holding Ting’s arms, thanking him for his help while trying to hold back tears.

Ting, who is also SUPP secretary-general, said the party was ever ready to help those in urgent need.

“We will do our best to help the duo who are in need of not just material assistance but also morale support.

“Our party members will do the follow-up visits, too,” he said.

Ting thanked Miri Agape and its volunteers for their kindness and daily care rendered to Lee and her son.

“Such caring attitude is an example of mercy and charity that is much-needed in our society nowadays,” he added.

The society is a registered charitable body to help children and adults affected by poverty, disability, family problems as well as emotional woes.

The society relies on public donation for its operations.

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