Things looking up for orphan


  • Nation
  • Friday, 17 Jan 2003

BY R.S.N. MURALI

BAHAU: Nine-year-old Wong Chun Jet can now smile and is looking forward to celebrating the Year of the Goat with his “new father.'' 

Orphaned since the age of two, Chun Jet lost his father in a road accident just before his birth in July 1994. 

In November 1996, fate dealt a cruel blow when his mother committed suicide, apparently unable to bear the suffering she and Chun Jet, who was then paralysed from the waist down, had to go through. 

Last month, Chun Jet’s 66-year-old grandmother Chong Yit Sin, who had been looking after him since his parents' deaths, died due to an illness. 

This left Chun Jet without an immediate family member, forcing him to take turns seeking solace at the homes of distant relatives. 

HAPPY TIMES: See carrying Chun Jet as they shop for clothes at a shopping complex in Bahau Thursday.

Despite having to go through all this at such a tender age, the boy never complained. 

Recently, the Year Three pupil of SRK (C) Chi Wen made known his intention to have an adopted father in Bahau state assemblyman See Ah Kow. 

See had been taking care of Chun Jet’s welfare since his plight was highlighted by The Star in December 1996. 

“Uncle (See) cares for me a lot and checks on my studies about twice a week. 

“Since my grandmother's death, I was hoping that uncle can be my Kai Pa (godfather),” an elated Chun Jet said when he was told that the “Yang Berhormat” had accepted his “proposal.'' 

Eight years ago, doctors discovered a growth in Chun Jet’s spinal cord and he became paralysed after undergoing corrective surgery at a hospital in Kuala Lumpur. 

See and the Chi Wen School Alumni of Selangor and Kuala Lumpur then initiated a fund-raising drive which managed to collect nearly RM500,000. 

A committee was set up to manage the fund and a huge portion of it was later used to finance another surgery for the boy at a private hospital in the capital. 

Subsequently, Chun Jet could walk around with the aid of crutches while another committee was set up to manage the remaining fund. 

A monthly aid of RM1,000 was given to him for his education and other expenses. 

Another misfortune befell Chun Jet when he was told that his bowel functions could not be rectified, rendering him dependent on diapers for the rest of his life. 

On Tuesday, See took Chun Jet out to shop for new clothes for Chinese New Year. 

“I'm delighted that Chun Jet has chosen me to be his adopted father and I promise to take good care of him,'' said See.  

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