Ailing senior citizen gets pension and wheelchair from Socso

Nolee (in white headscarf) and Perak Socso director Anthony Arul Dass (second from left) talking to Ramasamy and Rasamah.

IT HAS been a tough 19 years for housewife M. Rasamah who spends most of her time looking after her ailing husband.

P. Ramasamy, 71, was diagnosed with several medical conditions, including dementia, severe lumbar spondylosis with multiple level disc degeneration and disc prolapse, and severe osteoarthritis on his left knee since 2002.

“The situation became worse last year.

“I cannot leave my husband alone anymore because he cannot walk on his own,” Rasamah told reporters during a visit by Tualang Sekah assemblyman Datuk Nolee Ashilin Mohd Radzi to the couple’s house in Malim Nawar near Kampar.

“Even when he was capable of walking, he would wander around the neighbourhood and could not find his way back home.

“I had to spend hours looking for him. Since then, I decided to accompany him at all times,” added Rasamah.

Nolee presented Ramasamy his Social Security Organisation (Socso) pension money.

Socso also donated a wheelchair and diapers.

Rasamah said Ramasamy used to work as a meter reader for Tenaga Nasional Bhd for 14 years.

“We are thankful that he is entitled to receive pension from Socso.

“The money will be used to pay our rent, utilities, groceries and medicine,” she said, adding that Ramasamy received about RM1,540 each month.

Nolee said her team had been frequently in touch with the couple since Ramasamy fell ill.

“My team has visited the elderly couple several times.

“Ramasamy is not a stranger to us.

“He was actively involved in programmes held by the community and my office when he was still in good health,” said Nolee, who is also a state executive council member.

She also made a personal donation to Ramasamy.

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