Four siblings need help to repair dilapidated family home


Loh lives with his three siblings in this dilapidated house in Kampung Simee. — RONNIE CHIN/The Star

FOUR siblings living in a dilapidated wooden house with a leaking roof at Kampung Simee New Village in Ipoh need assistance urgently.

Loh Yoke Sang, 67, the second of the four siblings, said both he and his 71-year-old brother were no longer able to work because of poor health.

Both their younger sisters are in their 50s, with one working as a cleaner while the other is a helper at the Kampung Simee market.

“Sometimes we have to depend on relatives and friends to buy groceries, so we don’t have enough money to repair the house, ” he said when Canning assemblyman Jenny Choy and her team visited him at their house.

Loh said he was hoping repairs to his house could be carried out soon, as some parts were on the verge of collapsing.

“We are scared to sleep in the house, especially at night during rainy weather.

“When it rains, we need to put pots and pails all over the house to collect water, ” he added.

Loh said his sisters did not earn much, and whatever they brought home was used to pay the bills and put food on the table.

Choy said the area’s former village development committee officer had submitted an application for an allocation to repair the house, and for other projects in the area in January to the Housing and Local Government Ministry.

However after the change in government in March, the matter was put on hold, and there has been no update.

She said an application for over RM120,000 was submitted to the ministry for repairs of two houses as well as to upgrade a section at the Kampung Simee market.

“I hope the allocation will be approved soon, ” said Choy.

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