Feeling helpless in Malaysia as families suffer in Nepal

Feeling helpless in Malaysia as families suffer in Nepal
Ajit Rai (left) and his fellow security guard Gautam reading The Star’s reports on the earthquake in Nepal.

PETALING JAYA - For security guard Ajit Rai, going home to Nepal to help his family after the earthquake is not an option as he barely even has money to call home.

"My family in Kathmandu is safe, but our home was completely destroyed, leaving them to stay outdoors," said the 26-year-old.

"The last I spoke to them was on Tuesday, and my father told me to focus on work and assured me that he would take care of everything," said Ajit, adding that he did not even have money to buy a reload card for his phone.

Ajit, who appeared to be holding back tears, said he had no choice but to stay put as he could not afford the flight home.

"I have only been here eight months and we need to work much longer to make enough to go home," said Ajit, who claimed that his earnings were just enough for his basic needs.

Another security guard, Yubaraj Tamang, 24, said his family of five in Nagarkot had no place to live after their home was destroyed. "They have nowhere to go, and are forced to brave the cold and heavy rain every day.

"I came to Malaysia only a month ago and I feel helpless. However, I am grateful that they are all safe," he added.

Kup Bahadur Gurung said although his family had lost their home, he was glad that they were safe. "My wife and our seven-year-old son are living in tents, and surviving on government aid," said the 38-year-old cleaner.

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