Saturday June 16, 2012
Residents at home pining for visits from loved ones
By EDMUND NGO
Photos by RONNIE CHIN and EDMUND NGO
WHILE some fathers are blessed with having their children and families by their side on Father’s Day, there are others who are forgotten on this special day.
Leong Kee Cheng, 86, a resident at the Anning Old Folk’s Home, wished to see his children and grandchildren, especially on Father’s Day tomorrow.
“But I think my wish will not be fulfilled this year.
“I have been here nine years since the home was established and they have never been here to see me.
“I am disappointed but I try not to think too much about it and just focus on interacting with the other residents here,” he said with tears welling up in his eyes.
Another resident, Chong Ah Sang, 67, often reminisced about the joyful moments he had spent with his children when they were younger.
“Nowadays, they are busy earning a living. I don’t think they will visit me on Father’s Day this year. I will just wish for good health and have a good time with my friends here,” he said.
Home adviser Ho You Meng said non-governmental organisations would often come to the home in Ampang to celebrate occasions such as Father’s Day with the residents.
“They bring food, talk to the residents and even sing with them so that the old folks will feel appreciated. It helps to take their minds off the fact that their children do not visit,” he said.
At the Rumah Sri Kenangan in Ulu Kinta, N. Ponurangam, 66, said he had not seen his children since he divorced his wife many years ago.
“I have accepted this fact. I just wish they are healthy and are doing well in life,” said the former construction contractor who helps to clean up the compound at the home to pass time.
Another resident, Syed Nor Alias Kamaruddin, 75, said he received occasional visits from his children in Kelantan.
“My children bring me food and we chat, although not all 10 of them would visit me,” he said.
State Welfare Department director Datuk Chong Phaik Kee advised the public to look after their parents and appreciate what their elders have done for them.
“We should always remember to take care of our parents, not abandon them,” she said.