ALL Janagi Ponnusamy wants for the New Year is a roof over their heads for her family of five.
According to Janagi, they had recently shifted from Sungai Besi as the house there was in a deplorable state.
A family friend had offered them the present place in Jalan Loke Yew, Cheras, for a monthly rent of RM80.
However, their joy was short-lived when the friend asked them to shift out as he wanted to tear down the house in mid-January.
The family has to find a place soon or they will be left homeless.
Janagi and her husband have three children, Anisha, Amisha, and Avinash, who range from two to four years old.
Her husband is the sole breadwinner in the family, earning a monthly salary of RM700 as a security guard.
“I’ve been looking for a place to rent but the one in the neighbourhood is not affordable at RM250 per month.
“I hope to rent a People’s Public Housing (PPR) unit but there’s a long waiting list.
“We approached MIC a long time ago and were given a sum of money but that was it,” she added.
According to Janagi, they had also approached Deputy Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk M. Saravanan, but there had been no response.
“My family and friends have their own problems, and I do not want to trouble them.
“I’m trying my best to solve our problem.”
The family dreads the rainy season as rainwater would be pelting in through the gaps between the pieces of wood used to board up the windows.
“We have no choice but to sleep in the corridor,” she said.
The mosquito-infested place also poses a health risk to the family.
As the house has no cooking facilities, Janagi has to buy food from nearby outlets to feed her family.
The dark and poorly ventilated house is not what many of us would call “home sweet home” but at least it provides shelter.
“The most important thing now is to find a place to stay, at least for my children’s sake,” she said, adding that her eldest child should be starting kindergarten soon but she had yet to enrol her in one.
Janagi also expressed a wish to work from home so she could earn some money while looking after her young children.
As the family does not have a phone, those who wish to provide assistance can call Sempurna Daya Sdn Bhd, the workshop next to their house, at 03-9223 4049 (June).