Tuesday, July 21, 2015

An update on Mr Buang Family

It’s about 3 months since we get to know about Mr Buang family and their situation. Being the sole breadwinner of the family with 10 children, he has to undergo immense stress and pressure when he discovered that he is already a stage 3 lung cancer patient last year. He had no choice but to quit his job as a security officer, in order to continue with his medical treatment. 

Next week, he has to undergo another surgery as doctors discovered another lump near his kidneys. With weekly appointments of check-ups and radio therapy treatment, he continue to fight strong with a positive mind, but his only worry now is how his family going to continue living if things does not goes well for him.

We are glad that he have received some help with the assistance of MP Baey Yam Keng and helped him to apply for CDC grant to support his family. Last Saturday, Mr Buang invited us to his house for Hari Raya gathering. We are surprised to see the addition of 2 sofa in his living him, he told us that someone from the shop house opposite his house actually don’t want these sofa so Mr Buang and his son went to carry it back home. From this gesture, we can see that even in their circumstances, they will still make it a point to celebrate their Hari Raya Adilfitri.

After spending a day with them, we realised that what they need is a long term kind of support, at least, until their kids can start working and support the family. They have 2 sons currently studying in ITE and working part time to offset their family expenses. Also, his son that is 3 years old currently, that was born in Indonesia due to his wife having a labour over there, is not a citizen of Singapore yet. Reason because Mr Buang’s name was not included in the birth cert of the child. Right now they are in the process of adding his name into the birth cert, however they would need to fork out 460 Singapore Dollars for them to process the paper work.

Many a times we do not know that we are actually quite fortunate compared to the rest, hence, I’ll always make it a point to help those in need as much as possible.

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