Mistreatment and violence not uncommon at old folks homes in Malaysia

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PETALING JAYA - Mistreatment and violence at old folks home and care centres are not uncommon in Malaysia with several cases highlighted in recent years.

Cases of inappropriate living conditions seem to be the norm and there were times where the residents were also abused.

Less than a fortnight ago, the All Mighty Old Folks Home in Klebang, Malacca was sealed after a video of a man hitting a woman in her 70s went viral.

This enraged Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron who ordered the home to be shut down. The 17 residents were also relocated.

Malacca old folks home caretaker caught abusing elderly residents

  • A video clip of a caretaker abusing two elderly residents at an old folks home in Malacca has appeared on social media.
  • The video clip emerged after a former staff lodged a police report alleging abuse at the home.
  • The 56-year-old caretaker was arrested after the video of him hitting an elderly female occupant.
  • The All Mighty Old Folks Home was also sealed following a directive from Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron.
  • The elderly woman in the video had returned home to her family.
  • The 17 residents at the home were also relocated.
  • Chief Minister Idris Haron also directed the state Welfare Department to review the operations of all private welfare homes, including orphanages in Malacca.

In August last year, 15 elderly men were found locked up in an illegally-run old folks home at a single-storey premise in Jitra, Kedah. The senior citizens were also beaten up when they disobeyed the person in charge.

On Jan 13, 2014, The Star ran an exclusive report of five residents abandoned at an old folks home in Taman Wahyu, Kuala Lumpur and forced to live in filthy conditions and without water supply for months prior to their rescue.

The home and other residents had relocated to Kuala Selangor but the five senior citizens were left behind at the old premises.

On July 5, 2009, it was reported that 30 men were found naked, chained, and covered in their own faeces and urine at a home in Kuala Kubu Baru. The centre was meant to provide care, shelter and rehabilitation for abandoned people with learning difficulties, orphans and those in need of rehabilitation.