KUALA LUMPUR: The Welfare Department will provide a monthly stipend of RM350 to dishwasher A. Papa and her five children who are struggling to make ends meet.
Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said this after visiting the family in their eighth floor flat in Desa Petaling yesterday.
I was very shocked when I read of their plight in newspaper reports and immediately asked the welfare officials to check into this case, she told reporters.
It has been a long bleak struggle for Papa taking care of five children, four of whom are having serious medical problems, on her RM20 daily wage.
Eldest child, Devendran, 17, has cerebral palsy, daughter Komathy, 13, has diabetes, Dharmendra, 9, kidney failure and urinary problems while another son, Dayahlan, four has asthma.
The other child, Aemalachumi, six, is healthy.
Their plight was brought to the attention of MIC Youth Social and Welfare Bureau Committee chairman T. Mohan by SM Desa Petaling teacher Gowri Balakrishnan.
Mohan said the MIC Youth would settle the RM1,500 outstanding rent for the flat as well as the utility bills and also pay the down payment for the family to move to another flat in Subang.
We have started a fund to help with the childrens medical treatment and the needs of the family, he said.
Shahrizat said the department would also take care of the schooling needs of Devendran, who is attending a special rehabilitation class, Komathy who is in Form One in SMK Desa Petaling and Dharmendra who is studying in SRK (T) Bukit Jalil.
Shahrizat urged poor parents who had handicapped children to register with the nearest Welfare Department so that financial assistance could be channelled to them.
Kg Tamby Abdullah MIC youth chief A. Anathkumar handed over a RM3,000 donation while other caring Malaysians responded with provisions and offerings of financial assistance to the family.
Those who want to help the family can do so by addressing cheques to MIC Youth Social and Welfare Bureau, at 12, Jalan PBP 5, Taman Industri Pusat Bandar Puchong, 47100 Puchong, or Bank Bumiputra Malaysia Bhd (account no. 1238-0068719-52-4).
They can also contact Mohan at 019-211 9547 or Gowri at 016 -313 8362.