Housewife and kids in dire straits

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 10 Aug 2004

IPOH: A 38-year-old widow and her four children are facing financial difficulty following the death of her husband in a road accident. 

Housewife Lee Yoke Lee said she and her children, aged between four and 13, are now depending on the kindness of relatives as her late husband Chee Fong Meng, 43, a mechanic, was the sole breadwinner of the family. 

Yoke Lee said Chee, a Rela member, died after he fell off his motorcycle and into a waterfall at Taman Rekreasi Papan, about 16km from here, on July 31. 

“My relatives can only support us temporarily as they have their own families to look after,” said Yoke Lee. 

She said she hoped to find a job that would allow her to work from home so that she could take care of her children at the same time. 

SEEKING HELP: Yoke Lee relating her financial woes to Kon Yin at the Perak MCA headquarters in Ipoh yesterday. With her are sons Chen Nam and Chen Hong.

“My eight-year-old son Chen Fei is staying with my sister-in-law in Kuantan as I cannot support all four children. 

“I love my children very much. If I have a choice, I want them all with me,” said Yoke Lee, who brought her two children – Chen Hong, nine, and Chen Nam, four – to seek help from the Perak MCA Public Services and Complaints Bureau at the Perak MCA headquarters here yesterday. 

Bureau chief Datuk Lee Kon Yin, who is also Tronoh state assemblyman, urged the public to help the family. 

He said a charity dinner to raise funds for the family would be held at SJK (C) Gunung Hijau Pusing in Pusing on Sept 21. 

Donations can be sent to the Perak MCA Public Service and Complaints Bureau, with the name Lee Yoke Lee written on the reverse side of the cheque and addressed to Perak MCA, 90-92, Tingkat Satu, Jalan Sultan Idris Shah, 30000 Ipoh. 

For enquiries, call 05-253 6981/253 8455.  

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