Paralysed woman gets surprise visit from Minister

Paralysed woman gets surprise visit from Minister
Comforting presence: Idris talking to Tan at her home in Taman Bukit Serindit.

MALACCA - A bedridden woman's Mothers Day wish brought her a special visitor in Datuk Seri Idris Haron, who promised to help ease her plight.

Tan Lay Har, 61, was pleasantly surprised when the Chief Minister walked into her home in Taman Bukit Serindit here, keeping to a promise to visit the paralysed mother after her story was highlighted in The Star on the recent Mothers Day.

A beaming Tan, who's a victim of loan shark terror due to her son's failure to settle his debts, attempted to hold Idris' hand.

"I can't even move my hand but I am happy that he came to see a helpless person like me.

"I thought my daughter was pulling my leg when she told me that the Chief Minister was coming today. And then the man that I always see on TV is sitting at my bedside," she said yesterday.

Idris told her: "Don't worry, the Almighty will help you.

"I know my visit can only offer you temporary relief."

On May 10, The Star wrote about Tan's plight after she was repeatedly harassed by loan sharks who were after her 39-year-old gambler son.

Tan had said she only wanted one gift for Mothers Day - her son to settle his debts so she can have peace of mind in her twilight years.

"I am frail and don't have many more years to live. I can't go through the torture from heartless loan sharks," she added.

Tan, who was incapacitated after an accident in 1985, now lives alone in the house while her daughter Ho Siok Mei, 34, nurses her in the morning.

"Don't leave her all alone in this condition, she needs someone beside her," Idris advised Ho.

He promised to arrange monthly financial aid for her and to get police help in ensuring that the loan sharks will stop disturbing her.

Ho said her mother was adamant about living in her ancestral home despite Idris' offer to resettle her in a nursing home.

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