Future looks bright for needy family


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 18 Oct 2003

BY A. LETCHUMANAN

SUNGAI BULOH: Datuk Seri Mohd Khir Toyo, touched by the plight of a family living in an abandoned warehouse in Kampung Tengah, has stepped in to help. 

The Selangor Mentri Besar instructed Petaling district officer Zoal Azha Yusof to look into the family's predicament after their story was reported in The Star on Monday.  

Zoal said: “Dr Khir directed me to find an alternative temporary shelter for the couple. We have identified a low-cost unit in Kota Damansara.”  

Zoal said Dr Khir was disheartened when he heard about the living conditions of the family – P. Ramalingam Kavender, 42, R. Ratanakumari, 37, and their nine children – particularly when Selangor was committed to having zero squatters. 

He was speaking to reporters after visiting the family with National Unity and Social Development Ministry parliamentary secretary Datuk S. Veerasingam, MIC Youth chief S.A. Vigneswaran and other Youth officials. Several organisations handed over provisions and ang pow to the family.  

HAPPY FACES:Veerasingam (left)and Zoal paying the family a visit yesterday.Dr Khir has steppedin to help out the family.

The MIC Youth Social and Welfare Bureau chairman T. Mohan and Selayang MIC Youth chief P. Kamalanathan had highlighted the family's predicament on Sunday. 

The couple have been dependent on handouts from neighbours and night market traders to feed and clothe their children for over a decade. 

Ramalingam, who had been seeking psychiatric treatment at Kuala Lumpur Hospital, had been in and out of hospital and had been unable to seek employment for the past one year.  

The MIC Youth launched a trust fund to collect donations to buy a subsidised low-cost house for the family here.  

Vigneswaran started the ball rolling by chipping in RM3,000, Selayang MIC division chief M. Ratnam donated RM1,000 while the Kampung Tengah Village Development Committee gave RM500. 

Ratanakumari was in tears as she thanked the visitors for their kindness. 

Those who wish to donate to the Ramalingams could do so through MIC Youth Social and Welfare Committee at No. 12, Jalan PBP 5, Taman Industri, Pusat Bandar Puchong, 41700 Selangor, or call Mohan at 019-211 9547 or 03-5882 3060.  

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