In conjunction with Hari Raya Aidilfitri are family reunions and visiting houses of relatives and friends. Majority of those who celebrate this festive season traveled back to their hometown to be with their family, we know this better as ‘balik kampung‘.
While many traveled back to see their parents, grandparents, and so on, one father was spotted outside his house in a village several days before Raya.
According to a netizen, Anis Addean, the poor man has three children, they were all living in the big city. None of them have the heart to return home to take care of their aging father.
He was left in the house with the floor full of trash and feces, he sleeps on a thin mattress outside the house because it was hot, he suffered hunger and stroke and on top of it all, he has problems with his mobility.
The least his children could do was to send him to the old folks home, at least he can have a better life there.
Anis tried reaching out to the man’s eldest daughter through Facebook but she was blocked in the end. When she contacted the man’s son about his father’s condition, his replies were very uninterested. Do you not care for your father?
Anis added that the man and his late wife were nice people, they helped bring her to Lowyat Plaza when she needed to buy a laptop for college studies and even send her to a job interview.
“I had no choice but to bring this matter to Facebook if I contact you privately there wouldn’t have any effect.
“I don’t want to know when you are coming back, bring him to get a haircut or bring him food, or give him money. What I want to know is your plan for your father, are you all going to send him to the old folks home so that there will be people who would take care of him or are you going to bring him to your place and care for him yourselves? As long as he’s still alive, be devoted to him.”
Our parents have cared for us for countless years, it’s only right if we take care of them when they’re unable to care for themselves. We really hope his children will come to their senses and care for their father.
What are your thoughts on this?