Good Samaritans contribute to urban poor families for Chinese New Year
KUCHING: Five urban poor families yesterday received contribution from a group of Good Samaritans in conjunction with the coming Chinese New Year celebration.
The group’s representative, volunteer social worker Lim Chee Haw said the recipients comprised four families from KMC Flats and one from Jalan Ang Cheng Ho.
He said the recipients from KMC Flats include Seri Pioh and her husband, who are both blind and have two young grandchildren living with them.
The couple depends mostly on their RM600 monthly welfare assistance.
Jamaliah Pauji, the other recipient, is earning a small income working part-time in coffee shops to sustain the family since her husband became physically disabled following an illness.
They are also dependant on monthly welfare assistance of RM300.
The other recipient is Florce Sini who, together with her van driver husband, is trying hard to make ends meet with four school-going children on their low monthly income.
An 84-year- old wheelchair user Wee Poh Ting also received the donation.
According to Lim, both Wee and his wife depend on their daughter who is working as a daily-paid worker.
Lim Poh Hai is a 43 year- old general worker lives in a rented lot at Jalan Ang Cheng Ho with his elderly mother, who is now wheelchair- bound following a stroke.
“Having lived through poverty and hardship during my younger years, I understand their predicament and this is why I will continue to reach out to the poor and needy irrespective whether they are in urban or rural areas,” said Lim, a retired Marine Police personnel now devoted to charity work.
He thanked a Law and family from Foochow Road No 2, Fook Lai Construction in MJC Batu Kawa, a Hii and Chia from Jalan Matang, and others for their assistance in this latest charity act.
Lim said he can be contacted at 082-248153 or 016- 8070388 to assist poor families in need of coffins for the funeral of a departed family member.
He explained that cash donations from Good Samaritans are ‘parked’ at a coffin shop here to be used whenever a genuine request was received.
So far, such assistance had been rendered even to families in rural areas including Kampung Sadir in Puncak Borneo, Sungai Apong here, Kampung Murud Plaman near Serian, Kampung Sinjog near Siburan, Kampung Sabang in Simunjan, Kampung Tanah Merah at Mile 27 Kuching- Serian Road, and Kampung Mantung Marau in Serian.
Lim (fourth left) and his entourage with the recipients at KMC Flats.