Someone to watch over them: Elderly parents hoping to secure care for disabled sons 'when we're gone'


IPOH: At 73, housewife Chew Kam Har is getting on in years and she is worried about the welfare of her two disabled sons.

Her eldest son Chow Yew Ming, 45, has been immobile since he fell down a flight of stairs when he was just a few months old.

“The doctor told us that his spine was injured and that he was unable to perform an operation on him.

“He often requires assistance to eat, bathe, change his diapers and get into bed, ” Chew said.

Her second son Chow Yew Leong, 44, has been wheelchair-bound ever since he was hit by a car several years ago.

“He can take a few steps with support but not for long, ” Chew said.

The future of both sons, she added, was the main concern for her and her retired mechanic husband Chow Hoong, 77.

“My main worry is that no one will take care of them when we are gone, ” she said.

“I really wish that we can care for them for as long as possible.”

She hoped both sons would be accepted into welfare homes.

In need of help: Liew (left) visiting Chew (centre) and her sons Yew Leong (second from left) and Yew Ming at their home in Buntong, Ipoh.In need of help: Liew (left) visiting Chew (centre) and her sons Yew Leong (second from left) and Yew Ming at their home in Buntong, Ipoh.

The couple’s third and youngest son, Chow Yew Wah, is 36. Like his two brothers, he is a slow learner.

“But he is fully independent and is currently working at a factory in Menglembu, ” Chew said at her home in Buntong. She was speaking at a press conference organised by Perak MCA public services and complaints bureau chief Low Guo Nan yesterday. Chew said the family received RM1,250 from the Welfare Department every month.

“We also get donations from kind folk sometimes, ” she said.

Low said he had asked the Welfare Department whether there were any centres that could accept Chew’s two sons.

“There are only two such homes located in Kuala Kubu Baru, Selangor, and in Dungun, Terengganu.

“The one in Kuala Kubu Baru is said to be full while Dungun is quite far away.

“The family is hoping to find a place that is nearer so that they can still visit them regularly, ” he added.

Low said he had also checked with private homes but many were not accepting new intakes for now due to the Covid-19 pandemic and increased financial burden.

“Chew says she doesn’t mind if her sons are placed in separate homes as long as they can be accepted, ” he added.

For details, call Low at 012-532 1128.

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