Allow children to visit their elderly parents


  • Letters
  • Friday, 05 Jun 2020

IN light of the National Security Council’s (NSC) easing of the ban on interstate travel to allow spouses who are in different states to visit each other, I would like to ask that the same arrangement be accorded to children of parents living in another state.

Some of us who live and work in the Klang valley have elderly parents living on their own in other states. They depend on their children to get their monthly provisions like food, medicines and supplements, arrange appointments with doctors and generally to make sure that they are comfortable.

My mother lives in Ipoh on her own. Several of her friends are in the same boat. Since the movement control order (MCO) was imposed on March 18, they have not been able to get assistance from their children who are living in other states, and they are increasingly finding it difficult to cope daily.

It’s been almost three months since their children last visited and they are feeling rather helpless. They are not comfortable seeking assistance from friends and neighbours. I hope the NSC will consider allowing children to travel interstate to visit their elderly parents. We cannot impose on their friends and neighbours to look after them although they have been really kind and helpful.

DAUGHTER OF LONELY MOTHER

Petaling Jaya


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