Kuantan MCA helps out needy sisters

All smiles: Soon (left) and Tee (in pink shirt) talking to the girls at Rapha Children’s Home. Looking on are Rapha Children’s Home Kuantan chairman Alex Chow (standing, second from right) and the home’s supervisor Grace Chan.

KUANTAN: More people are reaching out to the three sisters who had led a squalid life for about three years, surrounded by garbage and animal waste.

The Kuantan MCA division has given a helping hand to the girls, aged nine, 10 and 12.

Its Wanita chief Tee Choon Ser said the division arranged for a counselor to talk to the girls.

“They have already had their first session with the counselor. We will arrange for follow-up evaluations to make sure they are doing well,” she said during a visit to Rapha Children’s Home on Friday night.

The sisters were sent to the home on Monday after an intervention from concerned individuals and the Welfare Department.

They had been living with their uncle, a welder, in a garbage-strewn upper level of a shophouse here.

Their deplorable condition was made worse by the waste left all over the place by their 13 pet dogs, civet, turtle, and bird.

Tee also said that she had taken the girls for a medical check-up.

Although the sisters were upset at being separated from their pets, Tee said they seemed to be adjusting well at the children’s home.

“They can feel the warmth from the other children and guardians at the home. I am told that the sisters have also started making friends at their new school,” she said.

Tee said the division was planning to set up a trust fund for the girls’ future and was in the process of talking with lawyers and auditors on putting the fund together.

Kuantan MCA deputy chairman Datuk Seri Soon Shy Chwan said he was most concerned about the girls’ emotional well-being as they had to go through a sudden shift in their living environment.

“But after talking with them, the sisters seem to have a positive outlook. I’m glad to see they are alright.

“There are also many other kids there to keep them company.

“The most crucial thing now is to give them a safe, clean and comfortable environment,” said Soon, adding that the home can always ask the division for assistance.

The Kuantan MCA members also gave the sisters stationery, school bags and a table fan, besides treating the residents of the home to dinner and ice cream.

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