IN THE COLD

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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.

PIC BY MUHD ASYRAF SAWAL

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.

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