Govt has no plans to build more homes for elderly: Mei Fun

16 Aug 2016 / 12:33 H.

KOTA KINABALU: Women, Family and Community Development deputy minister Datin Chew Mei Fun said the government had no plans to build more homes for elderly citizens but instead is encouraging senior citizens to live with their children.
"We feel that children should not neglect their parents (old) and it is their responsibility to take care of this group of people. We not only have to take care of senior citizens, we also have to take into consideration the welfare of children and people with disabilities.
"We therefore want old folks to be with their families," Chew told reporters after an official visit to the Senior Citizens' Activity Centre at the Kota Kinabalu Urban Transformation Centre (UTC) here today.
Also present were Sabah Welfare Department (JPKAS) deputy director Siti Ameh Ruman and JPKAS principal assistant director of Senior Citizens and Persons With Disabilities division, Zulkiflie Hassan.
According to Chew by having elderly citizens live with their children, old folks would be able to return to society and interact with their surrounding community through various activities. — Bernama

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