The Star Online, August 23, 2011 reports of a housewife, Leow Le Peng who resides in Klang, Selangor had to stop two of her children from attending school out of sheer poverty. The family became impoverish since Leow’ husband suffered a neurological disease several months ago, and was forced to quit his job. The burden to fend for the family now lies with Leow and her two school going children who collect discarded boxes, plastic bottles and aluminum cans to be recycled and sold for a living.
I suppose, upon being told of Leow’s predicament, Community Development Minister Shahrizat Abd Jalil decided to visit the impoverish family (with pressmen included in her entourage) to present goodies, and including measures to help pay for Leow’s husband medical bills, and to provide financial assistance for Leow’s two school going children.
While I applaud Shahrizat’s quick response to help Leow and her family off their economic woes, I somehow do not agree with her remarks that the Selangor state government (just because the state is a PR controlled state) had failed to identify such families in dire straits.
It was only on Monday that I posted and article giving my experience about helping a poor old man who lived alone in a makeshift hut (without pipe water and electricity) in Pahang, without a job and a family to support him. He survives on the barest necessity and eats whatever he grows around his makeshift hut. I didn’t blame the Pahang state government for the old man’s predicament, but I did say that the ‘wakil rakyat’ has to take the blame.
I think Leow’s family plight is not peculiar to the state of Selangor only, but is also found in all states throughout the country. Shahrizat only need to walk around the back lanes of urban Kuala Lumpur, or to take a peep under bridges around the city centre at night, to witness the homeless city dwellers. They may not be Malaysians, but regardless of who these people are, they are still human being that needs to survive. Do not tell me that Shahrizat’s home state of Pulau Pinang is free of the destitute and homeless; and if there are destitute people today in the state, will she now blame the PR state government for creating the problem?
Let me tell Shahrizat that this issue of the destitute and homeless people has been around for ages; certainly it is not a recent phenomenon. And does she not know that the number keeps increasing by the day, not in Selangor only, but throughout the country? And does she not know the reason for this? The answer is simple; this government has over the last 50 odd years been taking about eradicating poverty, but till today the problem still remains. Now who do you blame for this? Khalid Ibrahim, Khir Toyo, Lim Eng Guan, Tok Guru Nik Aziz, or is it not the BN government that has ruled this country since 1957 part of the blame?
So stop blaming others Shahrizat, because you are also a party to blame. And please stop this cheap publicity stunt.
CRUSADE AGAINST CORRUPTION