The family, comprising father Lai Heng Seng, mother Loh Soh Chau and two sons Wei Feng and Wei Kin, were living in a barely furnished flat in Bukit Serdang, Seri Kembangan in Selangor.
Lai, 52, previously worked as a spray painter for cars until he fell ill and was medically advised against continuing that job.
He then switched to selling fruits and bread at a food court in Cheras, but was unable to continue his roadside hawker business when the MCO was enforced.
Loh, 49, is unable to work or do household chores as she suffers from kidney and joint problems.
She previously worked as a hawker.
The heavy task of family breadwinner fell on the shoulders of Wei Feng, who was only able to complete his primary school education as he had to look for a job to support his family.
Wei Feng, 18, has been working as a general worker at a logistics company since he was 13.
During the MCO, he had to work at a reduced pay and only received RM900 a month.
Wei Kin, 16, has been helping with the household chores since schools were closed at the start of the MCO.
They relied on welfare aid from an NGO and appealed for flat rental waiver from their landlord to survive during the MCO.
The family has been sleeping on the floor and living in a dirty flat, as they are unable to afford bedroom furnishings and cleaning supplies.
Upon hearing about their plight, Community Policing Bikers (CPB), a charity organisation under Community Policing Malaysia, and Lions Club Pantai Hill stepped in to help with the family’s basic needs.
“One of the first things we did was buy personal hygiene items and household cleaning products such as shower gel, toothpaste, soap powder, mop and bucket,” said CPB chairman Low Boon Tat, who is also a photographer with Star Media Group.
“Then we made arrangements so their 30-year-old car could be used again – changed all four tyres, renewed its road tax and insurance and sent the car for servicing.
“This car is essential as it is used to transport the wife to the hospital and younger son to school,” said Low, adding that Loh was scheduled to undergo an operation for her joint problem in mid-June at a government hospital.
Low said CPB and Lions Club Pantai Hill decided to temporarily adopt the family to help them manage their finances and situation.
“We found Wei Feng a better paying job that will provide him with technical skills.
“We will also relocate the family to a flat in a better environment and closer to Wei Feng’s new workplace,” said Low, adding that they would also help the family buy mattresses, pillows and bedsheets.
Low said the two NGOs also welcomed public donations to support the family.
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