Children's centre ordered closed due to various issues

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  • Friday, 08 Nov 2019

IPOH: A children’s home in Taiping riddled with various administration and management issues has been ordered to close by the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry.

Perak's Women, Family and Community Development chairman Wong May Ing said the ministry first issued a notice to Rumah Kanak-Kanak Taiping on Sept 30 to cease operations.

However, the management of the home wrote an appeal letter on Oct 29 to Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

The appeal was rejected, and the home was ordered to close on Nov 9.

“The home failed to fulfil the requirements set by the state Welfare Department in reference to its management, financial issues, as well as the problems faced by the residents of the home.

“The 20-odd children in the home who have families have been sent back to their respective homes, while those without any families have been put under the care of other children's homes, ” she told a press conference after presenting RM250,000's worth of grants to some 82 non-governmental organisations under her portfolio.

When contacted, the home’s president S.P. Krishnamurthy said they would write another appeal letter to the ministry.

He said the home has been in existence for the past 73 years, and the children there were all from needy and poor backgrounds.

Krishnamurthy added that if the children were left unattended, they might start begging at railway and bus stations.

“The home has produced various professionals, and we want to continue the good work, and hope the ministry will allow us to operate the place.

“We have been and will continue to adhere whatever has been required by the authorities, and probably our delay in replying to letters caused the closure of the home, ” he claimed.

Krishnamurthy said the home’s accounts and management were also clean, and that there was no outcome over the police reports lodged against the home.

“So please allow us to run the home, which has and will continue to benefit the children of the home, ” he added.

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