El­derly mum cel­e­brates CNY with 3 dis­abled daugh­ters at shel­ter

New Straits Times - - NEWS / NATION -

KOTA KINABALU: While it is a norm to re­turn home to cel­e­brate Chi­nese New Year with fam­ily mem­bers, Care Haven wel­fare cen­tre res­i­dent Choong Koh Fah cel­e­brates it with those stay­ing there.

The 70-year-old and her three dis­abled daugh­ters have been cel­e­brat­ing Chi­nese New Year at the wel­fare cen­tre for 10 years.

Choong has two other chil­dren who are mar­ried and have their own fam­i­lies.

“Dur­ing Chi­nese New Year, my daugh­ter and son will take us out to cel­e­brate. I am happy to cel­e­brate Chi­nese New Year with my three daugh­ters and res­i­dents,” she said re­cently.

Choong said they were from Ku­dat and moved to Care Haven in 2008, two years af­ter her hus­band died.

She said she took care of her daugh­ters’ daily rou­tine like get­ting them ready for meals.

Although it was not easy look­ing af­ter them, Choong said she wanted them un­der one roof.

“There are those who ad­vised me to place them in a dif­fer­ent wel­fare cen­tre, but I could not bear be­ing sep­a­rated from them.

“We will go through the good and bad times to­gether.”

PIC BY AMNIERA NAZIERA AMRAN

Choong Koh Fah (sec­ond from left) and her daugh­ters have been stay­ing at the Care Haven wel­fare cen­tre in Kota Kinabalu for 10 years.

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