Caretakers who abandoned old folk may have run foul of the law before

Deep in talk: Neighbours speaking to The Star journalist Yuen Meikeng (right) in front of the house at Taman Wahyu where the five senior citizens were found abandoned.

EXCLUSIVE: KUALA LUMPUR: The operators of the old folk’s home who had left five senior citizens to languish in squalid conditions and without running water for over two months may have run foul of the law before. Some ex-volunteers of the society running the home had accused the president of using child labour as well as abusing inmates at an unregistered home run by the society.

“The children at this home were told to pack drinks for a well-known beverage company, make wires and sew buttons for baju Melayu,” a former volunteer complained to the Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) in 2001.

The home, which also housed the mentally retarded and the aged, was accused of bringing children from families of low-income areas and enticing them with promises of education and employment.