KUALA LUMPUR: "Why don't you just die? You are such a burden!"
This is among the hurtful things children say to their parents before abandoning them. And Cheong Loy has heard them all.
Cheong is the founder of Tong Sim Senior Citizens Care Centre in Jalan Dewan Bahasa. He says many parents are emotionally affected by the insults thrown at them by the children.
"Some will feel sad for a few days but will accept reality after about a week as other residents will also console them," he said.
However, not all can cope with abandonment.
"We once had a lady who boasted about her son who worked as a chef. One day, he came and scolded her in front of everyone.
"I think that broke her heart. She died about two months after that," he recounted.
Cheong began allowing former hospital patients to live on the floor above his funeral parlour at Kwong Tong Cemetery in 1999.