Family of four’s application for low-cost flat approved after three years

A homeless family of four finally now has a place to call home after their application for a low-cost flat was approved.

Mathew Maikel, 35, who is mentally ill, had applied for the Pantai Dalam flat in May 2008.

He was already homeless at that time, as his extended family shied away from him.

Because of his condition, Maikel could not find work, while his wife had to look after their two daughters.

In the three years it took for the application to be processed, the family was forced to sleep under bridges and at bus stops and petrol stations.

Their plight was brought to the attention of MCA’s Public Services and Complaints Department, which wrote a supporting letter to Kuala Lumpur City Hall on Maikel’s behalf in July.

“Mathew was unable to pay the RM390 deposit for the flat so we paid it on his behalf and he managed to move in last month,” said department head Datuk Michael Chong.

Maikel is now doing odd jobs and his wife Mary Rajesurry, 34 is also working to support the family.

Chong said Maikel wished to thank the Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik for intervening in the matter.

The department is also seeking public help to fund a young boy’s blood transfusion surgery in Taiwan.

Beckham Chong Chin Hao, nine, was diagnosed with Thalassemia Major at seven months old, and has no compatible donors within the family.

After consultation from transplant teams overseas, a donor was found but the surgery’s estimated cost is RM200,000.

The only child, Beckham lives in Johor Bahru with his father, a construction site supervisor and his mother, a housewife.

“My department has set up a fund to assist the child’s surgery expenses. Please help this child,” Chong said at a press conference.

Cheques can be made payable to MCA Public Service Department, with Beckham’s name written on the reverse side and addressed to MCA Public Services and Complaints Department.

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