IT HAS been a tough four years for a 53-year-old former lorry driver who had to give up his job due to deteriorating eyesight.
Jalil Zaman, who started driving lorries about 35 years ago, said he first started losing vision in his left eye before the problem spread to the other eye.
His vision became blurry despite wearing prescription glasses.
“I had no choice but to quit a job that I had been doing since I was 18 years old.
“At first, my doctor told me it was due to cataract but another said it was glaucoma, which is frustrating because they both told that me I could not undergo surgery due to health concerns.
“Other than my eyesight, I am still able-bodied and I want to work, and this makes me feel quite helpless, ” he said when met after receiving essential items from Bukit Batu assemblyman Jimmy Puah at the Desa Mutiara People’s Housing Project (PPR) in Johor Baru.
Jalil said he was thankful for the assistance, especially during Ramadan.
“We usually depend on the monthly aid from the Welfare Department to get by, as my three children from my previous marriage no longer visit me after I divorced my first wife, ” he said.
Jalil’s wife Fauziah Mat Nor, 47, said she too could not go to work as she had to take care of her husband.
“I cannot leave him alone because there have been times when I returned to find him hurt due to a fall.
“We live on the fifth floor of Block 11, which makes it quite dangerous for him to walk up and down the stairs, ” she added.
Meanwhile, Puah said the items, which included rice, cooking oil, sugar, salt and flour, were distributed to 30 households at the flats during the fasting month.
He added that his team was also planning programmes to help women and single mothers at the PPR to get jobs.