Elderly mum celebrates CNY with 3 disabled daughters at shelter
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.”
Choong Koh Fah (second from left) and her daughters have been staying at the Care Haven welfare centre in Kota Kinabalu for 10 years.