Family cast out after a squabble
IPOH: A woman, her husband and three young children spent five days sleeping in a car after a disagreement with her family.
M. Komilacaron, 33, said she, her husband and three of their children aged six, five and one, were kicked out from her mother’s home following the squabble and only had a car to stay in as they had nowhere else to go.
“We even bathed in a toilet at a petrol station. Perak MIC deputy chairman S. Jayagopi, who came to know about our situation, found us a place at the Waller Court flats.
“He also gave us some food and money,” she said.
Komilacaron, who is from Buntong, said she followed her 36-year-old husband to Seremban many years ago and returned here in March after hearing that her mother had an eye operation.
“Both my husband and I then decided to start anew in Ipoh as we had both lost our jobs as security guards in Seremban.
“He now works as a lorry attendant, but only gets paid when there is a job. We have two other children, aged eight and four, who are currently being cared for by my mother-in-law in Seremban,” she said during a visit by Ipoh Barat MCA coordinator Low Guo Nan here yesterday.
Low, who is also Perak MCA Public Services and Complaints Bureau chief, said he had visited the flats recently and came across Komilacaron and her family.
“Having spoken to her, we found out that she does not have many things in her new home,” he said.
“She has a second-hand refrigerator, a stove and some worn out mattresses. I managed to get some pillows, a new mattress and more food for them.
“With Deepavali around the corner, we hope that the food and ingredients can help them have a better celebration,” he added.
Low said he hopes that people in general would always try to look out for those who are in need.
“We should look after and help one another and they can always alert the local neighbourhood watch, village chiefs or community leaders,” he added.
Waller Court Rukun Tetangga chairman Ricky Soong said there were a lot of needy folk staying at the flats.
“We just restarted the Rukun Tetangga … early this year, and are now gathering details about who needs aid here. We have found a number of them and are delivering daily meals to them,” he said.
“Some are also having problems paying rent. We will see how we can help them,” he said.
Scheduled waste management company Edsha Solutions Sdn Bhd managing director Edward Ponniah, who was also present during the visit, told Komilacaron that he would offer her husband a job as a technician at his company, while also presenting some monetary aid to her.
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