Pregnant mum of five gets aid

February 9th, 2009 by poobalan | View blog reactions Leave a reply »
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From NST:

Pregnant mum, five children get aid

Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen presenting the aid to S. Punitha yesterday. Also present is deputy minister Datuk S.K. Devamany (third from right).

Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen presenting the aid to S. Punitha yesterday. Also present is deputy minister Datuk S.K. Devamany (third from right).

KUALA LUMPUR: A pregnant mother forced to live in a storeroom with her five children can look forward to better days.

The Welfare Department has approved RM450 a month aid to S. Punitha for her children’s food and schooling. And City Hall has promised the family a flat in two weeks.

A newspaper reported that the eight-month-pregnant mother and her children became homeless after her husband abandoned the family.

Punitha went to work as a cleaner, earning about RM600 a month. However, with her advancing pregnancy, she said it is getting more difficult to work.

The residents of Block A of the Pekan Batu low-cost flats in Jalan Ipoh allowed the 31-year-old and her children to move into the storeroom.

Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen, accompanied by Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk S.K. Devamany and Welfare and City Hall officials yesterday presented Punitha with foodstuff and other household supplies.

She also received RM1,000 from the National Welfare Foundation.

Punitha plans to give up her unborn child for adoption.

Her 9-year-old daughter, Malathi, does not have a birth certificate because Punitha’s husband “never got around to registering her birth”.

The older children — Kavitha Katharayan, 13, Mohandass, 11, and Malathi — have not attended school for the past two years. Dineshkumar, 5, and Sugumaran, 2 are the other children.

Devamany said MIC has adopted Punitha’s family and would work with the Welfare Department on getting the children back in school.

A promising work by MIC. Hope all that was promised is delivered to the family.

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