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Cancer-stricken hawker's family urged to come home


Lee looking at an X-ray of Khoo (left), who doctors believe has cancer, during a recent visit to the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital, Ipoh.

Lee looking at an X-ray of Khoo (left), who doctors believe has cancer, during a recent visit to the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital, Ipoh.

A PERAK state executive council member is urging the kin of a cancer-stricken man to come home as soon as possible.

Howard Lee Chuan How, who is also Pasir Pinji assemblyman, hoped the family of Khoo Lian Choon, 68, could contact him as their consent was needed for the former otak-otak seller’s treatment.

“Khoo has been warded at the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital since Aug 11.

“The doctors suspect that he has lung cancer, which has also spread to his brain,” he said.

“We are still waiting for the laboratory test results to confirm it,” Lee said, adding that he last visited Khoo on Wednesday.

Khoo said his service team in Pasir Pinji was informed by Khoo’s friends about his condition last Saturday.

“According to his friends and neighbours, he was bedridden for about two months at his own home in Taman Hoover.

“Some of his friends dropped by regularly to visit him, bringing him food and they saw that his health deteriorated and contacted us,” he said, adding that Khoo was a popular otak-otak seller in Pasir Pinji who has been selling the delicacy for many years.

“He used to stay in Pasir Pinji. One of my volunteers went there to find out more about his family but could not find anything,” he added.

Lee said he believed Khoo had several children, who had either migrated to Singapore or Australia.

“We could not confirm their exact locations. We have also asked Khoo about it but he too was unsure.

“My team has also tried contacting everyone on his mobile phone,” he said.

“One said he was his grandchild but slammed down the phone once he heard that he was sick.

“We really hope that his immediate family members can come back and contact us so he can get treatment,” he added.

Those with information about Khoo’s family, please call 016-450 9602 (Foo or Stephen).

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