Family in Malaysia forced to live under flyover for past 2 months

Family in Malaysia forced to live under flyover for past 2 months
Tough times: Jeffry, Siti Nor Sazila and their children have been living under the flyover in Pandan Perdana, Kuala Lumpur, for the past two months.
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KUALA LUMPUR: A family of six has been staying under a flyover in Pandan Perdana near Cheras here with just a tent, a stove and some basic personal possessions for the past two months.

Jeffry Husin, 41, and his family were evicted from their unit in the Low Cost 700 flats here after failing to pay rent for the past two months.

Jeffry, his wife Siti Nor Sazila Zakaria, 30, and their children Siti Nurfadhilah, eight, Siti Nurfatihah, six, Nur Farisha Alesha, four, and nine-month-old Nur Cahaya Ada­wiyah had been staying at the rented flat for the past 11 years.

"I was falling behind on my rent payment, so I offered RM200 (S$64) first but my landlord refused," he said, adding that he had been doing odd jobs such as selling recycled items after leaving his security guard job a year ago.

He said he quit his job after an old injury on his spine following a fall in 2006 become painful and left him unwell at times.

He claimed that the landlord went to the house almost daily before they were evicted.

"He would shout at us and call us names," Jeffry said.

He added that his youngest child developed a fever after they started living under the flyover.

Jeffry said he and his family now lived in shame as the flyover was near their former housing area.

"It's shameful to have to pass the flats," he said.

He said the family cook and eat under the flyover, but the children sleep at his sister's house at night.

Pandan MCA chairman Datuk Leong Kok Wee visited Jeffry and his family yesterday and donated money and essential items to them.

Leong said he had contacted the Welfare Department, which has pro­mised to find housing for the family.

A good samaritan, Danny Sum, has also donated funds to the family and will offer a job to Jeffry once he has found a place to live.

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