Drab Deepavali for family with disabled children


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 25 Oct 2003

MALAYSIA Nanban highlighted the plight of a family in Penang with three mentally disabled children who had little money to buy clothes and cakes for Deepavali. 

The report said S. Legendran, 16, Kumaran, 21, and Kasturi, 23, had been handicapped since birth. 

It added that while their parents had bought them Deepavali clothing at a night market costing between RM5 and RM8 each, they had no hope of buying cakes for their children for festival.  

According to the report, their mother, K. Saroja, 50, works in houses nearby as a maid to support the family. Both she and their father, who is a Penang Municipal Council worker earn RM700 monthly, are worried about the future of their children. 

The daily and Tamil Nesan carried Deepavali messages from MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, his deputy Datuk S. Subramaniam and other community leaders. 

Samy Vellu, in his message, urged the community to create a new generation of people to improve the political and economic status of Indians.  

He said this was needed for Indians to compete with other communities in the rapidly developing nation. 

The community, he added, should continuously study ways and means to move with the times, urging them to make full use of the business opportunities provided by the Government.  

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
   

Did you find this article insightful?

Yes
No

Next In Nation

Azmin: Any govt decision to lift MCO must be based on 'data and science'
Police negotiating with PSD to relax a few terms with regards to Orang Asli intake
Hajiji: Sabahans made right choice in voting GRS to maintain good relations with Federal Govt
Federal Court upholds ruling that Nurul Izzah, Saifuddin Nasution did not defame NFCorp, chairman
Cops find RM22.46mil worth of syabu in lorry, condominium
African swine fever outbreak affecting wild boar population in Sabah
IGP: VVIPs suspected as masterminds behind more than five drug syndicates
Human Resources manager claims trial to charge of submitting false Socso claims
Covid-19 vaccination: 3,135 cops from Kuala Lumpur police headquarters to get their jabs in first phase
Fu Ah Kiow resigns as Star Media Group director, chairman of board

Stories You'll Enjoy


Vouchers