Tangamani, 53, a widow and mother of two college-going boys, is in dire straits. She is incapacitated as both of her legs are weak due to paralysis. This restricts her ability to move about freely. Her husband passed away last year adding to her misery.
Before occupying the council flat in Taman Harmoni, Buntong, the family was living in a run-down shack in Kampung Baru Jelapang. The move was on orders from Chief Minister, Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr Zambry Abd Kadir who visited them during Deepavali in 2010. Having no means to pay the RM124 monthly rent, Zambry got Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan (YBU) to assist. The foundation paid RM2,976 to Ipoh City Council so the family could stay for two years rent-free. The tenure will end on December 31 this year.
As the deadline approaches, Tangamani is beginning to get edgy. She has asked for a reprieve considering her condition and plight in raising her two boys, the eldest is a student at University Sabah Malaysia, Kota Kinabalu while the youngest is pursuing a technical course at a polytechnic in Arau, Perlis. The widow’s only source of income is the RM200 she gets from the state welfare department. “It is barely sufficient for my medicines,” she told Ipoh Echo.
“We’ll consider her request for an extension,” said Hairul Mohamed Noor, YBU’s Chief Financial Officer who was at the flat during a media interview recently. Hairul handed over the payment receipt for November to Tagamani.
“The plight of the poor and the marginalised goes unreported,” said Hairul. “We’ll make it our duty to identify them and provide them with the necessities they so require. No Perakeans should be deprived of the opportunities they rightly deserve.”