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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Malaysia needs to set her priorities right! Which is important?

Case One

HAVE A HEART FOR THESE NEEDY CASES:

Cabbie seeks RM70,000 for kidney transplant Source :http://tinyurl.com/qkv65

KUALA LUMPUR, March 15:

He used to drive passengers around the city, but he must now be driven by others for dialysis treatment.

Former taxi driver Manoharan Arugumam, 49, has been out of work since he suffered kidney disease two years ago.

He needs RM70,000 for a kidney transplant surgery in India.

Manoharan has to fork out RM2,000 a month for dialysis treatment at Kajang Dialysis Centre.

He has to depend on his mother’s pension and his younger brother’s income for a living.

He said: “My mother has to support my six children, too. She gives them RM2 a day.”

Manoharan said that his mother, A. Kuilama, 75, received a pension of RM300 a month, but this is insufficient to cover the cost of his family’s necessities and the children’s education.

Manoharan’s wife, A. Maragatham, said the children have to depend on the school bus to go to school, as he is ill.

Manoharan’s taxi was withdrawn by its owner as he could not afford to pay the rental for it.

MIC central working committee member Mohan Thangarasu presented Manoharan with RM2,000 at the MIC headquarters in Jalan Rahmat yesterday.

He said: “We will be providing for the children’s education. We want them to have a good future.”

Mohan said the MIC has created a fund for Manoharan’s treatment.

The public can donate to the fund by cheque, bank draft or money order, payable to ‘Tabung Manoharan’ and addressed to Biro Sosial Dan Kebajikan, Pergerakan Pemuda MIC Kebangsaan, 12, Jalan PBP 5, Taman Industri Pusat Bandar Puchong, 47100 Puchong, Selangor.

Donations can also be made to Manoharan’s account at: A/C Manoharan A/L Arumugam 62083-0-02-002177-6 Alliance Bank

Case Two

BOY, 3, NEEDS RM35,000 for Heart Surgery Source : http://tinyurl.com/mg5mn

KUALA LUMPUR, March 15:

A three-year- old boy needs RM35,000 to undergo heart surgery at Gleneagles Medical Centre (GIMC) to lead a normal life.

The surgery, known as Glenn Shunt, will switch Goh Zheng Yi’s two arteries back in place, close a hole in the heart, and narrow a vessel to the lungs.

“Currently, blood does not flow smoothly to his lungs,” said his mother, Chang Seow Ping, 35, at the medical centre yesterday.

“I sincerely hope there will be public donations to cover my son’s medical expenses and surgery,” she said.

Those wishing to help Zheng Yi should send cheques with the child’s name written on the back, made payable to, The Cashier, Finance Department/Charity Unit, The New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd, Balai Berita at No: 31, Jalan Riong, 59100 Kuala Lumpur.
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Meanwhile, one-month-old Lam Xi Yuan is recuperating after undergoing corrective heart surgery for a blocked aorta at the hospital on March 3.

He was discharged last Monday. Earlier, Xi Yuan’s parents had appealed to the public to donate RM25,000 to enable him to undergo the surgery.

“I am very happy that he is well now. Thank you,” said his mother, Lai Wai Yuen, 34.

Seems that the public and not the government helped the baby. So much for the 'caring government' slogan.

Case 3
Two appeal for chance to lead normal lives Source :http://tinyurl.com/nn9lc

PENANG, March 15:

Shahrizah Mohamed Ismail, 24, a deaf-mute, needs RM28,000 for an operation to correct an abnormally narrow blood vessel leading to the lungs.

Her parents cannot afford the surgery at the Gleneagles Medical Centre.

Her father, Mohamed Ismail Mydin Pillay, 50, a labourer, earns RM500 a month while her mother Sobaitha Beeve Sultan, 49, a factory worker, earns RM771 a month.

They have two other children, aged 22 and 16.

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Nur Hamizah Ahmad, 15, needs RM15,000 for an operation at the same hospital.

She was born with a heart ailment and has to undergo surgery.

Her father, Ahmad Lebai Pin died in 1995, and her mother Che Amah Ismail, 53, a housewife in Yan, Kedah, has three other children, aged 19, 21 and 23.

The eldest, Idawati, an insurance agent earns RM600 a month.

She is helping to support the family.

“Nur Hamizah is always tired, weak and prone to fever. We appeal to donors to help her lead a normal life,” she said.

Those who wish to help may send cheques made payable to The Malay Mail Charity Fund, with the patient’s name written on the reverse side, and addressed to: The Cashier, Finance Department/Charity Unit, The Malay Mail, Balai Berita, No. 31, Jalan Riong, 59100 Kuala Lumpur.

Case 4

Hole-in-heart baby needs corrective surgery Source :http://tinyurl.com/nn9lc

KUALA LUMPUR, March 15:

Hole-in-the- heart baby Nur Mimi Syazlieyana Mohd Sharizam, needs RM26,000 to undergo corrective surgery.

Nur Mimi’s mother, Norita Nordin, 29, discovered Nur’s problems 25 days after her birth at Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital in Klang.

Nur Mimi subsequently underwent surgery to correct the position of her arteries.

She now needs further surgery to correct her hole-in-the-heart condition, which is also known as Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD).

Norita said: “She often falls sick and has high fever.”

Her father, Mohd Sharizam Mat Yasin, 32, is a lorry driver who earns RM1,000 a month.

Those who want to help Nur Mimi can send their cheque, payable to The Malay Mail Charity Fund, with the patient’s name written on the back, addressed to: The Cashier, Finance Department/Charity Unit, New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd, 31, Jalan Riong, 59100 Kuala Lumpur.

NOW, DOES MALAYSIA NEED TO SPEND BILLIONS TO SEND TO SPACE ITS 'ASTRONAUTS' NOW AND NOT HELP THE DESPERATE CITIZENS ABOVE?

Check this out : http://tinyurl.com/ngew3

We welcome new forays into science and technology for the nation but at times, we really need to check our priorities.

There are hundreds and thousands of poor needy people like those above who need money to save themselves via getting operations and corrective surgery.

Who need help more? The people above or the 'Malaysia Boleh'naut?