Finally free from ‘abuse’ after 10 years, children may now lose their home

Source: The Malay Mail Online

The girls at the Caring Hands home in Ipoh talk about their decade-long abuse under the previous caretakers. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa for the MMO.

The girls at the Caring Hands home in Ipoh talk about their decade-long abuse under the previous caretakers. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa for the MMO.

IPOH, Dec 27 — After enduring physical and mental abuse for about 10 years while living in a home for underprivileged children, a group of 12 girls finally spoke up. But now they are in danger of losing the very home that has given them some semblance of normalcy… despite the alleged abuse.

The girls, aged between seven to 18, live in Kaakum Karangal (Tamil for “Caring Hands”) located in the middle-class Lim Garden neighbourhood of Ipoh.

They study at the Tarcisian Convent primary and secondary schools which are just walking distance away and largely regarded as one of Ipoh’s more prominent schools.

The home, established in 2002, is funded by the Society of Caring Hands Ipoh, an NGO comprising successful and respected Indian businessmen, retired top civil servants, and other highly-regarded professionals from Ipoh.

But earlier this year, an unexpected turn of events caused the previously passive members of the society to look closely at how the home was run, which later brought to light allegations of both physical and mental abuse. Read more

Villagers worry as barrier fails to keep floods away

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Chian (left) and Ong Jing Yan, 35, look at the barrier after it was completed last week. — Picture by Marcus Pheong, the Malay Mail Online.

Chian (left) and Ong Jing Yan, 35, look at the barrier after it was completed last week. — Picture by Marcus Pheong, the Malay Mail Online.

IPOH, Nov 14 — Villagers in Kuala Kurau, Kerian, about 110km from here, were distraught after the barrier they built near the river mouth failed to prevent sea water from overflowing during a king tide yesterday morning.

Food seller Chian Woei Yeong, 39, said the villagers were disappointed their efforts failed to prevent flooding.

“We thought the barrier we raised would stop water from overflowing during the king tide but our hopes were dashed when we saw the roads beside the river flooded,” he told Malay Mail yesterday.

“We were lucky no houses or shops were affected but we are worried about the next few days.”

Chian said the villagers were expecting a higher tide today and feared that this time, the water could reach their houses some 100m from the river.  Read more