PA­HANG OLD FOLKS’ HOME GETS NEW AM­BU­LANCE

Tai­wan as­so­ci­a­tion also presents dial­y­sis ma­chines and medicine

New Straits Times - - News - HIDIR REDUAN BERA hidirre­d­uan@nst.com.my

MORE than 200 peo­ple at Rumah Ke­ba­jikan Warga Emas Sang Riang were happy to re­ceive a new am­bu­lance for the fer­ry­ing of pa­tients to hos­pi­tals. The am­bu­lance was one of many contributions handed out by Tai­wan’s Zhong Thang Com­pas­sion­ate Heart As­so­ci­a­tion at the cen­tre here yes­ter­day.

The cen­tre’s founder, Yap Yoke Moey, 58, re­ceived the contributions on be­half of the res­i­dents, handed by the Tai­wan as­so­ci­a­tion’s pres­i­dent, Ban Han-Lin.

Yap, who has been run­ning the cen­tre since 2003, was vis­i­bly moved by the as­sis­tance that came all the way from Tai­wan.

She said the as­sis­tance would go a long way to help keep char­ity work go­ing at the cen­tre, which houses res­i­dents of var­i­ous faiths and eth­nic­ity.

She said the am­bu­lance would be an ad­di­tion to the cen­tre’s ex­ist­ing two am­bu­lances, im­prov­ing the cen­tre’s abil­ity to serve not only the res­i­dents, but also the peo­ple in the sur­round­ing ar­eas.

“Some­times, peo­ple here need to be fer­ried to the clos­est hospi­tal in Temerloh.

“Say, if some­one got hurt in a road ac­ci­dent, we could ferry the vic­tim to Temerloh Hospi­tal, which is quite a distance away,” said Yap.

Datuk Kristina Yeow Lai Choon, who heads the Malaysian branch of the as­so­ci­a­tion, said it was im­por­tant to raise aware­ness of the char­ity work at the cen­tre as it served as a bea­con to peo­ple of var­i­ous re­li­gions and back­grounds.

“Kind-hearted peo­ple helped es­tab­lish the cen­tre in the first place, so it is hoped that more kind-hearted peo­ple will con­tinue to help us,” said Yeow, 54.

The old folks’ home, first es­tab­lished in 2003, has ex­panded to house res­i­dents who suf­fer from men­tal ill­ness, se­ri­ous ill­ness and those who are dis­abled. It also pro­vides dial­y­sis treat­ment, among oth­ers.

It has fa­cil­i­ties not only for Mus­lim, Hindu, Bud­dhist and Chris­tian res­i­dents to prac­tise their faith, but also for fu­neral rites spe­cific to each faith.

Dur­ing the cer­e­mony yes­ter­day, the as­so­ci­a­tion also handed over five dial­y­sis ma­chines, a RM25,000 cheque, 8,000 di­a­pers, 200 boxes of Panadol, 2,000 bot­tles of tra­di­tional medicine and 500 bot­tles of med­i­cated oil, among oth­ers.

PIX BY MUHAMMAD ASYRAF SAWAL

Zhong Thang Com­pas­sion­ate Heart As­so­ci­a­tion’s Malaysian branch head Datuk Kristina Yeow Lai Choon (sixth from left) hand­ing repli­cas of a cheque and a key to Rumah Ke­ba­jikan Warga Emas Sang Riang founder Yap Yoke Moey (fourth from right) in Bera, Pa­hang, yes­ter­day.

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