Senior citizen struggles to put food on the table

Wong in front of his cabin that was erected on TNB reserve land in Kepong, Kuala Lumpur. — AZLINA ABDULLAH/The Star

SURVIVING only on self-planted vegetables and provisions from the public, Wong Wui Hui lives alone in a cabin on a reserve land.

Previously residing in Jinjang Selatan Tambahan, the 71-year-old man who worked as a construction worker had to relocate to make way for a housing project.

He was neither offered a low-cost home nor compensation when he was evicted from his house that was built on Temporary Occupation Licence (TOL) land due to legal issues.

Having nowhere to go, Wong occupied a small piece of land under Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) pylons and used it for farming.

He has been living at the TNB reserve land at Jalan 19/42, Jinjang Selatan Tambahan, Kepong, Kuala Lumpur since 2016.

“Every month I get RM350 from the Social Welfare Department (JKM). For my meals, I cook mostly vegetables which I take from the farm every day.

“Some of my friends give me some food such as eggs.

“The vegetables I grow are not enough to be sold at the market.

“I am not able to get a job because of my age. Also, my eyesight is not good and I have pain in my legs, ” said Wong, who is single and has a younger sister in Hong Kong.

Two cabins were erected on the reserve land. They are used as his bedroom and storage space.

Wong’s plight came to light when he approached Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng for assistance.

Lim said Wong’s predicament was evident of the country’s ageing population problem and said that the Government must do more to help this group.

“There are many senior citizens facing similar problems in Kepong.

“The Government should provide accommodation and welfare assistance to this group.

“For now I will continue providing provisions to Wong.

“I hope JKM can pay him a visit to better understand his plight and provide him assistance, ” he said.

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