MELAKA: A Parliamentarian wants Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq to look into the plight of a forgotten former Melaka hockey player.
Kota Melaka MP Khoo Poay Tiong, who visited C. Rajah Naransamy at his home in Pantai Peringgit here, was sad that the plight of the former state hockey player has not received any attention, despite bringing it up to the relevant authorities since 2017.
“My final resort is to bring his plight up directly with the Minister during the next Parliament session.
“He is a forgotten soul and a frail man now, he needs our help, ” he said after visiting the 75-year-old on Wednesday (Sept 4).
Khoo said if would embark on a crowd-funding effort if there was still no solution to Rajah’s plight.
He said that apart from being a hockey star, Rajah had also represented various sports clubs in Melaka in badminton and table tennis in the 1960s and 1970s.
He said Rajah was also a qualified tennis coach and had represented his former employer Lembaga Letrik Negara (LLN), now known as Tenaga Nasional Bhd, in various tournaments.
“However, he is no longer active due to his age and he also suffers from several ailments, ” he said.
Khoo said Rajah receives a pension of RM870 monthly, and RM350 of this is used to replay his house mortgage.
“His wife, V.Kaliamah, 64, is a housewife and the couple have to care for their grandchildren, aged 14 and 10, after their mother left them under the care of their grandparents, ” he said.
Khoo said Rajah has one daughter and she is not well-to-do.
He said Rajah is currently facing a hard time bringing up his grandchildren, as well as funding his healthcare.
“Therefore, I will see whether the Youth and Sports Ministry could render some sort of assistance, ” he added.