IN THE COLD
old folk’s home as long I can have my meals. Nowdays, I depend on well-wishers for food.
“Living on the streets is a nightmare.
“The police arrested me twice along with drug addicts (at midnight) before releasing me after conducting a urine test.
“Sometimes, people rob me of what little I have,” he said, adding that non-governmental organisations had recorded his details and promising to help, but none had done so.
Radzuan, who was having a packet of fried rice provided by a well-wisher when met, said he never knew life would take such a cruel twist, where his wife, whom he lived with for 20 years, would tell him to leave the house.
“After my leg was amputated, she seldom visited me in hospital and often tried to avoid me.
“Three months later, when I was discharged, we seldom spoke and one day, she told me that she no longer loved me and wanted me to leave her.
“I was shocked since we had no problems.
“I was thrown out just when I needed the support of my wife and children,” he said.
Radzuan said he had four stepchildren — three boys and one girl — who now had families of their own.
His siblings also neglect him. He said mosquitoes would keep him awake at night and, at other times, football matches on the field would go on till past midnight.
There were times when he would be chased away as the bench was meant for match officials.
Mohd Radzuan Che Mat, who depends on well-wishers for his meals, makes himself at home under a roofed bench at the Kuantan Municipal Council football field yesterday.