Poor family living in darkness for a year

PHOTO: The New Paper

A FAMILY has been living in darkness for more than a year because they cannot afford to pay the electricity bill.

The couple's five school-going children are forced to do their homework by candlelight.

Guang Ming Daily reported that the family of seven lives in a low-cost flat in Bukit Panchor, Nibong Tebal.

The 45-year-old father, Vincent, and his wife Visarani, 47, have five children aged between seven and 15. Two study at SMK Tunku Abdul Rahman in Nibong Tebal while the rest are in SJK (T) Sungai Jawi.

It was reported that Vincent is a deliveryman who earns between RM500 (S$176) and RM600 a month.

Their electricity supply was cut off early last year after they failed to pay the bill.

Since then, they light up two candles each night in the living room where the children did their school work. Vincent said he needed to pay RM250 for the rent and about RM500 for the household expenses.

The family receives RM400 aid from the Welfare Department each month.