Elderly man at welfare home gets adopted

AN elderly man who spent years in a welfare home in Bidor, Perak, has been taken in by a local family in a touching act, Makkal Osai reported.

HK Anbu Illam Bidor director Kalaiventhan said they provided care for the elderly or children who could not be cared for by their families.

Families adopting young children from welfare homes was a relatively common occurrence, but the adoption of elderly resident was highly unusual and the first for the home, he said.

The centre’s staff were pleasantly surprised when R. Santhakumari and her husband R. Vincent came forward to adopt the 67-year-old E. Duraisamy.

Santhakumari said Duraisamy had been her late father’s close friend when she was a child.

When she found out that he was living in the care home, she decided to adopt him.

Tapah welfare department officer Raini Hamzani who signed the adoption documents said the department approved the adoption after speaking to all those involved.

> The daily also reported that a woman in Tamil Nadu, India, sliced off her tongue as an offering after the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK)-led Secular Progressive Alliance won a landslide victory in the state assembly election.

DMK’s return to power after more than a decade will see current party chief and former chief minister M. Karunanidhi’s son MK Stalin assume power as chief minister.

The woman who was identified as Vanitha from Paramakudi reportedly took a vow to cut off her tongue as a sacrifice if DMK won and Stalin became the chief minister.

She is reportedly receiving treatment at the local hospital.

● The above article is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with this ' >'sign, it denotes a separate news item.

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