Sunday, June 27, 2010

Selangor King George V Silver Jubilee Home

This home was founder by Cheong Yoke Choy and Liew Weng Chee during the colonial times, to provide support Chinese females immigrants who migrated from China to work in Malaya in the early 30's. The original intention was to provide shelter for poor and aged Chinese women - found sleeping along five-footways in the late 1930s (source : Wikipedia)

The home are for those who are all homeless, have no dependents and support from their family members. It will be their shelter when they get old and no one to take care of them. This home only cater for female tenants. The tenants age range are from 50 to 90+. As there is no funding, most of the groceries are donated by the public.

Main Gate Entrance

Sign Board
Note: Notice the barbed wired for security?

Main Hall

Inside main hall

The home currently caters for 25-30 tenants, as they come and "go". Seeing the wall is fully wired, I asked the tenant about the security. This is something we learn from last visit. Animals do exist and rob the needy. But luckily this home is inside a safe zone (begin to sound like Baghad's Green Zone)

Kitchen & Tea break hall

They only have a common hall where everyone have their bed without any divider. All the tenants sleep in the same hall, own bed. That why they only allow female tenant.

Sleeping Hall

Contact and Care Taker

Our Deliveries

Account Details
We bought:

Monday, June 21, 2010

Selangor Chesire Home

For this month, we decided to go to Selangor Chesire Home located at Selayang. Our budget this round was RM500. We (4 of us) assembled at Tesco Extra at Selayang and proceed to buy the required groceries. One thing that we learn is everyone seems to know if the price is cheap or expensive. I guess this is what happen when you have different people with different 'pricing skillset' to cross check. We do hope to have more volunteers and participants to help us in buying/carrying the groceries. As the money is donated from so many people, we would like to maximized the spending, hence a lot of 'bargaining' to see whether we need to buy Milo more, or diapers, guys/gals, we need you! :)

Note : Main entrance

Location of the home was pretty hard to find, due to the fact that there was no street name, hence GPS also cant help....we end up getting lost there for almost 30 minutes due to miscommunication. Finally, manage to get to the location after calling them.

Based on our understanding, SCA is a non government organization, hence limited funding. Government support by providing them the land and most of the daily requirements comes from public donation. We asked to be shown around the premises. The home cater for about 40 people here from multi-races. When we were there, they are all at the living hall watching TV. It was about 330pm and its tea time and bread was served.

The tenants

Our Deliveries:

Took a visit to the kitchen and its big, due to the amount of food needs to be prepared and served daily. While we were there, 2 ladies were busying cleaning up the vegetables, while 2 more were cleaning the utensils ready to cook dinner.

We saw some other groceries being contributed to the home, and happy there are 'others' like us around (no, we are not aliens!).

If the tenants can afford, they pay RM50 every month, else would be funded by government. The budget given is RM6 per head per day - which is very low and only enough to survive. Readers, can you please try to limit your meal to RM6 per day for 1 week? The caretaker mentioned that the tenants really like KFC ;) . So, if anyone of you keen to visit, please don’t forget to bring 4 bucket (70+ resident and volunteers) of KFC for them.

Behind the current block, a new building is currently being built. There is also a swimming pool for the tenants to do their physiotherapy.

Its really sad to hear from the caretaker that some people, leave their parents here - with no intention of taking them back by providing the wrong address and phone number during registration. The caretaker will only know when they called up during emergency, death or festive seasons, whether if they want to bring them back. Hence, in the event death occurs, the tenants funeral will be arranged by the home, according to their religion. All of us just shake our heads, unable to comprehend what we just heard. I would not want to comment further, but I believe some may have their own reasons to put their parents here, but by giving wrong address, not visiting them, not contactable - this is just plain cruel. Is this the world we lived in, or it just become more cruel? And I wonder, while parents are showering their kids with love while they are young, would they expect to see this at the end of their life?

We were bit surprised to see a Rela member at the entrance. Upon asking the caretaker, we were told that they have to hire them as some people come in and rob underprivileged's belongings at knife point!!! Yes, there are people who take advantage of the underprivileged and they do exist in this world!!! Our jaws drop almost reaching the ground...just really do not believe what we heard. As you can see, the homes are now like prisons with grills to protect the tenants.

And if you think by having grills to lock the place is much safer, you are wrong! The thieves just come in EARLIER before they lock the gates! Talk about coming early for work!! And these bastards (no, I wont mind my manners here) are brave enough to try their luck at night even after its lock. Its really SAD to see they cant even have a good night sleep. To the thieves, we hope you realized that what goes around, comes around.

To those who have leave their parents there and are not contactable, I do hope you realized what you have done. I would like to share this video1 and video2.

Account Details
We bought:

Total Donor: 27
Total Donation: RM1350 (RM50 per donor)
St Barnabas Spend: RM321.85
Selangor Chesire Association Spend: RM474.67
Balance: RM553.48

Once again, thank you very much to our donors for making this a success and we hope you would join us in our future visits. Lastly, wishing all the fathers a very Happy Father's Day!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

St Barnabas Home and Community Center

Our next destination was a orphanage in Klang, and this time we go to St Barnabas Home and Community Center which is a Christian orphanage located behind Little India, right beside Sri Kota Medical Hospital. The home care taker is Mr George, a very humble and nice person to talk to.

Note :Chief Photographer Officer didnt get battery for the camera, and again, makes us 2 years younger when we did this. So, who say doing charity does not have its benefits? ;) As a workaround, it is suggested that the Chief Photographer Officer will mask himself, holding the day's newspaper - just like those people that got kidnapped and to show sign of alive.

Actually we plan to reach at 4.30pm, but due heavy rain, we were late, reaching at around 5.30pm. Mr George already went back, but he did called us when we reach the home and manage to have a short conversation with him.

The home consist of kid's home and community center. They have a hall for renting for any event. We only managed to visit the left side of the home.
The kids stayed at level 3 and 4, and there are about 15 kids. Some are orphans while some are have single parents. As you can see, they have a duty roster to train the kids to be independent and learn to work together. The place looks neat and well taken care off, except a leaking roof.

The kids here are very polite and very discipline. Its heart breaking to know our small little contributions make so much difference to them. I still remember when we are about to leave, all kids reply back with a warm good bye (at least 3 times, feel so good - and which is why I always ask my donor to join and get the feeling...).

Again, many thanks to the donors for making this a successful event. One thing we noticed is that is most of places that we have visited, whenever we arrived at the location, you can always sense that they are very cost conscious. How do we know it? They never switch on the lights & fan and all these people are just doing what they do, except reading. Perhaps the next time you switch on your lights, remember that some unfortunate people live in the dark during the day ........ I wonder why TNB cant give them any rebate for under privileged homes?

You can contact them through (Update - this email is invalid. Will update later)

Address :-
Lot 22, Jalan Mohet,
Off Jalan Tengku Kelana,
41000 Klang, Selangor.
Tel: 03-33728191 or 03-3374 4092
Contact person: Rt Rev M E Ponniah, Mrs Mani Paramsothi, Mr George Walters

Our deliveries

The account:

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

RM10 donation to save a life

UPDATE 01/Jul/2010 8.15pm
Hi Gary, test report for Baby Matthew is ok. A few germ is found, but its not affect to baby. Feeding tube is taken out, now is on oral/bottle feeding only. Last few days baby had meet up few Dr like cleft palate surgeon, ENT, speech therapist to repair his cleft palate soon. Hopefully can discharge tmr. Thx

UPDATE 28/Jun/2010 10.36pm
We cant discharge today. Dr need to follow up medical check up & X Ray. Coz Yesterday nite Matthew cry more than 3 hours. Btw, WE NEED A CONFINEMENT LADY URGENTLY, DO U HV ANYONE TO RECOMMEND?

Please send the recommnedation to 016 910 8691 (Gary will coordinate)

UPDATE 25/Jun/2010 10.50pm
Hi Gary, Dr said if everything ok, we can discharge on Monday evening, will let u know what is the time. Btw, we need to isolate to at least 1-2 months at home, when discharge we also need to move from room to house. Dr also not encourage us for too many visiting.. coz worry of infection.. Hope u understand bro, don't bring too many people

UPDATE 23/Jun/2010 3.00pm
All tubes and pipes removed. Matthew is resting well in Isolated room with Steward & Jan. IS NOT TIME TO VISIT THEM YET. Both new hand parent is struggling in learning on how to feed milk, breast feed, bottle feed, change pampers. Never easy job for every 2 hours once....... The happy thing is Matthew make it for himself, his family and all of us who care about him! God Bless.

UPDATE 22/Jun/2010 5.30pm
Baby Matthew are getting better. BTW, we do ultra sound check, Dr Said he is GOOD NOW. But NOT GUARANTEE in future. We need to do CLOSE MONITORING every month / year for WHOLE LIFE. To make sure his heart condition is healthy & everything growth well. A lot of thing baby Matthew cant do in future...this make us very sad...and tired...

SUPER WOOHOO UPDATE 21/Jun/2010 11.00am
Hi Gary, Baby Matthew heart beat r back to normal 110 beat/min. Dr just give up to 90% for baby on recovery. So happy, hope will discharge soon. Thx Gary & Lai

WOOHOO UPDATE 18/Jun/2010 7.30pm
Baby Matthew is in high dependency unit. Out from ICU! Heartbeat 80-90 beat/min

UPDATE 18/Jun/2010 1.30pm
Some1 left us a comment (but don't dare to leave his BIG name there)

No money go gleneagle wat for?
Stop cheating money

I had mention 1,200,000(this number is a bit kelentong, but I m really disappointed with this fella) times, and I dun mind to repeat here again. Specialist in IJN dun dare to take up his case because the baby is 1 month+ and less than 2.8kg tat time. Only the specialist from Glenagle dare to take the case because he is very experienced and some donor called me and say once they r under Dr Lim supervision. They ask me to pass msg to the parent that they can count on Dr Lim.

And this news come out on news paper (Sin Chew and NST). Please read till the bottom b4 u make ur own assumption.

Sorry it is my mistake for not mentioning IJN in this blog
UPDATE => here

UPDATE 18/Jun/2010 12.00pm
Hi Gary,baby Matthew wake up this morning. He search for sound when Jan sing for him. He will transfer to HDU 3rd floor later if everything is fine. His heart beat still maintain on 55-60 beat/min. He is thinner now but I can feel that the is stronger. Thx Gary, u help us a lot..a lot

UPDATE 17/Jun/2010 1.30pm
The surgeon Dr Lee just visit baby Matthew, he said baby is out of DANGER. Anyway baby heart beat still low 55-60/min. Still in observation closely...WE HOPE TO DISCHARGE ASAP TOO

UPDATE 17/Jun/2010 11.30am
Hi Gary, NST odi published today. Baby Matthew is ok, his heart beat maintain low, last nite drop below 60 beat/min. Now back to 60-70 beat/min. Dr r still observed his condition.Most of the needle & machine is take out. He is sleep most of time..sweet..
link to NST news

UPDATE 16/Jun/2010 6.00pm
Baby Matthew stable. Heart beat still low, 60-70 beat/min

UPDATE 16/Jun/2010 10.30am
O2 take out this morning. They r now close monitoring Baby Matthew..Heart beat r still maintain low below 70 b/min.

UPDATE 15/Jun/2010 5.10pm
Sms from Steward:
Just received another bill, total now up to $38k. Baby heart beat continue to drop, now it is abt 70 beat/min. If less than 70, need to use batteries.. worry

UPDATE 15/Jun/2010 3.30pm
Gary and Lai just come back from Gleneagle.
Steward (dad) look better now. Jan (mom) still very tired. Matthew (baby) still in ICU for monitoring. Dr will remove the oxygen tank later.

UPDATE 14/Jun/2010 11.30pm
Gary got this sms from Steward (the dad)
Hi Gary, just call to ICU, Baby Matthew id look like tough than what we think. Tmr Dr will remove the O2 to let him try to breath.

UPDATE 14/Jun/2010 2.10pm
Dr has sealed the chest and baby is still under close monitoring @ ICU.
11am surgery, 1pm done the sealing surgery.

UPDATE 14/Jun/2010 11.00am
Message from Steward Lim to update Matthew's status.
Hi, our son r now get ready to do 2nd operation, to close his chest...3 dr & 1 nurse r in the ICU room now.....

UPDATE 13/Jun/2010 9.00pm
Sms from Gary:
Dr take out batteries abt 5pm. They try let Matthew heart beat without using batteries. Until just now 8pm, his heart beat is abt 90-98 b/min. According to Dr this rate is acceptable. Will check again tmr whether suitable to do 2nd surgery

UPDATE 13/Jun/2010 11.30am
Sms from Steward:
Hi Gary, our son Matthew is wake up.. He wanted to cry & move his hand and leg!! Frm Steward

Update: 1 more surgery tmr (14/Jun/2010) 11am-2pm to seal his chest. Lets pray

UPDATE 12/Jun/2010 12.30am
Matthew's heart beat (HB) was 100 and reached 200 HB / min yesterday after came out from Surgery hall and admitted to ICU for very very close monitoring.

This noon, around 1pm, Matthew's HB drop to 70HB / minutes and Dr plug in the mechanical battery to boost his heart beat to stablelize @ 100-110 HB/m.

Blood pressure maintain 84/58 @ 1pm.

Overall condition is under control and monitor very very very very very closely by to one..almost like eyes ball matching @ ICU, level 1 bed 102. Matthew need to really rest himself after this surgery.

At the moment, is not a good time to visit him yet to avoid bacterias inflection to him.

Let's pray hard for him to survive.

UPDATE 12/Jun/2010 11.30am
Baby Matthew news on Sin Chew

UPDATE 11/Jun/2010 6.12pm
Steward: Surgery Successful! Baby is out and in ICU for close monitoring.
Although still in danger stage, Dr Lim is confidence on Matthew!

  • For believer pls help me to pray for Baby Matthew (too sad I m a free thinker)

    UPDATE 11/Jun/2010 5.45pm
    Steward called, Baby Matthew surgery SUCCESSFUL....!!!!

    UPDATE 11/Jun/2010 3.00pm
    Lai got this sms from the dad.

    Hi Lai, we had discuss with my family,pls stop the donation via fb and blog.We really appreciate on ur effort to help Matthew.Please respect our decision and let NST and Sin Chew to continue for the donation on our operation cost.Thx & appreciated.

  • For people who wish to donate to Baby Matthew, you can donate via NST and Sin Chew. The baby news will be published soon
  • I had removed all account number
  • I will update Baby Matthew condition after 5pm, now still waiting.

    Last but not least, we would like to say a BIG BIG thanks to all the donor to make all this possible.

    UPDATE 11/Jun/2010
  • The baby will have operation on 11/Jun/2010 at 11am-5pm.
  • The dad will open MBB account after Friday. MBB donor please hang on there.
  • I try to get the other account from him
  • Gary will be at the hospital b4 the surgery and at 5pm to update me on Baby Matthew condition.
  • I will update the blog again after 5pm on Baby Matthew condition.
  • I (Lai Chin Lun IC 770614-14-5871) had empty my own MBB account and left RM10 inside. The couple too busy to open a MBB accout, so I loan out my own account to them until this Wednesday(16/Jun/2010). Please email to for all the transaction you made, as I need to keep an account for it. Sorry Gary I dun follow ur advise, I will do this @ my own risk.

    Hi all,

    We need your help here to spread the following to get donation for baby Matthew. The young couple had a new born baby with 30days old. The baby was admitted into ICU @ Gleneagle due to heart problem.

    According to the letter from the specialist, this baby suffers from:-

    # Situs Solitus, AV concorance, VA disconcordance
    # Overriding pulmonary atery
    # VSD sub aorta and PA side by side
    # Large PDA
    # No Co-Artation of the aorta
    # Single right SVC

    # Pulmonary valves tri-leaf 1.02cm
    # Aortic Valve 0.78cm
    # No pulmonary regurgotation
    # Mild tricuspid regurgitation
    # No mitral regurgitation
    # ASD - Small to moderate

    Conclusion - Arterial switch Operation

    As at now, the bill before surgery is already RM30k and both the couple almost finished up their savings. The heart specialist told them the baby need to go for a major heart surgery which will cost RM45k. After the surgery, the baby still need to be monitored in ICU (RM1k per day in ICU, this exclusive the medical fees).

    Both the husband and wife works in a local bank. Sadly to know from both HR department is that the coverage for Child hospitalization is less than RM5k per annum. They bought an insurance for the mum during pregnancy and again was told by the insurance agent, this heart surgery for baby is not covered!

    Both husband and wife bought house withdrawn from EFP account II. Hence, left no balance to be withdrawn for the child medical fees now. They are now trying very hard to sell their house to raise the fund. Based on my friend banking experience, to sell a house if you have immediate buyer, the documentation and land office transfer will need 3-6 months (at least) to fully completed.

    The couple did went to IJN to seek for help from the specialist. Too bad they don't dare to take up the case because of lack of equipment, baby is just 1month+ and less than 2.8kg. Dr Lim from Gleneagle is a specialist in baby and kids heart and they have the needed equipment there. Sometimes we really dun have choice. They need to do the operation very soon and can't afford to waste any much time to travel and ask around. Put urself to their shoe and u will know how it feel.

    Action Required :-
  • We would like to collect a total of RM100k, and we hope by collecting RM10 (a cost of your lunch perhaps) per person, we will be able to reach the target amount. We hope you can help to donate and spread this news so that we can provide the money for baby Matthew operation.
  • We need to collect RM45k by 11/Jun/2010 (Friday) so baby Matthew can have his major operation done. Subsequent donation is needed for his recovery (and believe me heart problem is a prolong treatment, that why I plan to get another RM60k for him). This will at least ease the young couple finance for 2-3months.