Former Malaysian athlete sleeps in the streets to save money

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A former national football player has to live in the streets whenever he comes for treatment at the National Heart Institute (IJN) in Kuala Lum­pur, reported Mingguan Malaysia.

The Penangite, who is in his late 40s, said he could not afford to stay at a hotel due to his dwindling savings since his heart condition worsen­ed three years ago.

The man who used to play defence in the national football team as well as for several state contingents had to seek shelter along a five-foot way in Jalan Hang Lekiu.

"I can't get a stable job due to my condition. I have been living like this whenever I come to Kuala Lumpur for my treatment at IJN in the past eight months.

"I don't live here all the time. It's only for a few weeks a month. Once my treatment is over, I go back to my hometown," said the man who does not want to be named.

He said he would continue living like this until his scheduled surgery at the end of the month for a pacemaker to be put in his heart.

"I tried staying at the Kuala Lumpur Homeless Transit Cen­tre in Jalan Pahang before.

"But my clothes and bag were stolen. So, I decided to keep living in the streets," he said, adding his ex-wife and three children had no idea of his condition.