Social welfare dept seeking stroke patient’s next of kin

Nurul Hayat (left) and Slim River Hospital social work unit officer Noorashima Mohd Nor visiting Lim at the hospital.

THE Muallim Social Welfare Department is seeking the next of kin of Lim Min @ Lim Cheng Kee, who suffered a stroke earlier this month.

Department community development assistant Nurul Hayat Ishak said Lim, 84, was found unconscious near the railway station in Tanjung Malim on Jan 8 and was sent to Slim River Hospital for treatment.

Nurul Hayat said Lim was in stable condition following the incident but his speech had been impaired.

“He needs further treatment, rehabilitation and nursing care.

“We plan to get him placed in a nursing home so that he can be cared for,” he said.

Nurul Hayat said having spoken to Lim, he found out that he was not married and had been living alone in a house in Jalan Ketoyong.

“He does not have any children and used to work as a weedkiller sprayer.

“He has a nickname and is known as ‘Japanese man’ because he used to stay in an area known as Taman Jepun near Taman Bernam,” he said, adding that Lim was also a welfare aid recipient.

“We have also tried to reach out to his relatives, who are mainly elderly folk, but most could not be reached, while some said they were unable to care for him.

“We are hopeful that we can find some of his kin who can look after him,” he added.

Nurul Hayat said they were now trying to get an order from the Slim River Magistrate’s Court to admit him into a nursing home.

“We will also need to look for one that can give him the attention he requires,” he added.

Those with information that can help Lim can contact the Muallim Social Welfare Department senior citizens unit at 05-452 9644 during office hours.

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