Planting seeds of hope for elderly, homeless transgenders

Source: Written by Low Han Shaun for The Malaysian Insight

People at The Seed Transgender Home for the elderly

The Seed Transgender Home for the elderly, the first of its kind in Malaysia, can house a maximum of 10 people. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Kamal Ariffin, January 15, 2018.

FROM the time she discovered she was “different” at the age of 17, transgender Alice (not her real name) was prepared for a life alone, and was intent on ensuring she would be financially independent.

However, after working as a chef for 30 years, Alice finds herself today penniless, riddled with sickness and homeless at 50, after she was thrown out of her family home last year.

“I am 50 years old now, I have hepatitis C, heart problems and kidney problems from an accident that I had in 1996,” she said.

“My mother died last year, and my father died when I was 15,” she said, adding that after her mother’s death, her brother sold the family home, forcing her to become homeless.

Alice slept on the streets of Kuala Lumpur for a year before she found out about Seed Transgender Home for the elderly, the first of its kind in Malaysia.

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EPF urges government to formulate legislation for rights, protection of elderly

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Tunku Alizakri said the public and private sectors need to come up with ways to unleash the potential of an ageing population in terms of employment and economic activities. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

Tunku Alizakri said the public and private sectors need to come up with ways to unleash the potential of an ageing population in terms of employment and economic activities. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 10 ― The government has been urged to formulate legislation that emphasises the rights and protection of the elderly, including a re-employment policy, as well as elimination of age discrimination.

“We must also come out with ways to encourage them (retired workers) to return to work, without having them sacrifice the family structure, they have developed,” said Employees Provident Fund (EPF) Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Strategy), Tunku Alizakri Alias.

He said this at the International Social Security Conference 2016 here today. Read more