Poor, yet family ties stay strong

Poor, yet family ties stay strong
Madam Cheong Mui (far right), 96, lives with sister Madam Chong Ah Khew, 102.

SINGAPORE - The Commissioner of Charities has asked social initiative group Project Awareness to detail fund-raising procedures and how it identifies beneficiaries by Wednesday.

The group's 500-plus volunteers help give free food to the elderly, the less well-off and those in need. KOH HUI THENG (kohht@sph.com.sg) chats with two such families, the Changs and the Chongs.

He goes hungry so his son won't


Mr Chang Meng King (above right), 63, used to be a lounge manager, earning thousands every month. But the business deal turned sour and he lost his entire life savings.

He took over the care of his only son Hock Lye (above left), 38, more than 20 years ago, because his wife could not cope. His son is intellectually disabled.

Mr Chang said in Mandarin: "He's actually very independent. He can take the MRT on his own and knows how to visit Orchard Road.

"He's the one who keeps track of things and will remind me, 'Papa, we must pay for utilities at the beginning of every month.'"

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