No ‘ dump­ing’

The Sun (Malaysia) - - FRONT PAGE -

KUCHING: In a bid to pre­vent t he “dump­ing” of old peo­ple at wel­fare homes, the Women, Fam­ily and Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Min­istry yes­ter­day an­nounced that no more such gov­ern­ment-run homes will be set up, with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

Its min­is­ter Datuk Seri Ro­hani Ab­dul Karim said it was very dis­heart­en­ing that more peo­ple

these days re­sorted to leav­ing their aged par­ents and relatives at these homes in­stead of car­ing for them in their twi­light years.

“Such a (prac­tice) must be stopped. So, as of now, there is no plan for any more such homes to add to the nine in ex­is­tence,” she said when open­ing the Kam­pung Malaysia Jaya Ac­tiv­ity Cen­tre for Se­nior Cit­i­zens here yes­ter­day.

“Some chil­dren con­ve­niently dump their par­ents at these homes to avoid tak­ing care of them. Some cal­lous ones will just drop them off at the gate and then drive away in­stead of send­ing them in.

“In fact, we are even con­vert­ing

the one in Kuala Lumpur into a respite cen­tre, on a trial ba­sis.

“Those who send their par­ents there will be charged RM50 per day to pay for the meals and ser­vices of­fered,” she said.

Ro­hani said such a cen­tre would be like a ho­tel to cater to aged par­ents when their chil­dren leave for the haj or um­rah, travel out­sta­tion or when they fall sick.

She said if the re­sponse was en­cour­ag­ing, more homes for the aged would be con­verted to such cen­tres.

Ro­hani also said her min­istry was study­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of a se­nior cit­i­zen’s card sim­i­lar to the ones used in Aus­tralia and the United King­dom, Ber­nama re­ported.

“Such a card not only iden­ti­fies aged cit­i­zens but will also give them some priv­i­leges, based on their age, at air­ports and other places as well as spe­cial dis­counts on cer­tain pur­chases and ser­vices,” she said.

On do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, Ro­hani said in­creas­ing cases na­tion­wide have been re­ported, with 200 cases in­volv­ing se­nior cit­i­zens.

“My min­istry is in the process of amend­ing the Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence Act to try and find a so­lu­tion to such abuses and mis­treat­ment,” she added.

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