CLOSE
CLOSE AD

Home for Elderly Slapped With Closure Order Following Abuse Claims

  • 20 Jun 2019
  • Tags:
Home-for-Elderly-Slapped-With-Closure-Order-Following-Abuse-Claims

The Seremban old folk's home in which its residents were allegedly starved, locked up, and made to drink their own urine, has been ordered to close. 

Many relatives of the senior citizens placed at the private home have started checking their family members out, following the order by the Welfare Department. 

The closure order comes into effect this afternoon.

Azrin Shala, 49, who owns the centre, says he contacted family members of the residents immediately after receiving the closure order. 

"I did not expect to end this way (sic). It was my intention to help caring for the elderly as entrusted by their family members. 

"I apologise to all of them who have put their trust in me," he was quoted telling the New Straits Times. 

Azrin, however, denied the closure order was related to investigations into the elderly abuse at the centre, and said it was due to registration problems. 

The issue came to light earlier this week when a woman, claiming to be a former employee at the centre, posted a video of a purported caretaker at the home taunting an elderly female resident. The video went viral and a relative of a resident lodged a police report.

The woman also alleged some of the residents had been locked in their rooms for hours, tied to their chairs, fed chillies and given sleeping pills above the prescribed dosage. 

According to her, some 16 deaths have been recorded at the home since 2017 - an extraordinarily high number for a home which can only accommodate between six and 12 residents at any given time.

All the deaths had been attributed to illness at old age. 

The Facebook user, however, later deleted her account, but not before the video was picked by other pages. 

The home, operational since 2016, offers daily care and therapy for old folks. 

Following the revelation, four former employees of the home also had a press conference, echoing the claims made by the woman. 

They also lodged a police report after alleging their complaints to the employer and the Welfare Department went unheeded.

Source: New Straits Times
Picture source: Facebook



Suggested Articles

Cops-Bar-Zakir-Naik-From-Public-Speaking-Nationwide News
ARTICLE
  • 20 Aug 2019

Cops Bar Zakir Naik From Public Speaking Nationwide

The police has issued a directive to bar controversial preacher Zakir Naik from holding public talks, nationwide. 

Don-t-Lose-Our-Unity-Says-Ex-Commando-Who-Fought-Communists News
ARTICLE
  • 20 Aug 2019

Don't Lose Our Unity, Says Ex-Commando Who Fought Communists!

The line "you don't know what you've got till it's gone" has been penned in countless number of songs, but it could very much apply in all our daily lives. 

Before-They-Take-Your-Life-They-Suck-Away-Everything News
ARTICLE
  • 19 Aug 2019

'Before They Take Your Life, They Suck Away Everything'

P Pannir Selvam is a Malaysian citizen on death row in Singapore. Having been granted a stay of execution last May, the 32-year-old continues to write from behind bars in Changi Prison. 

Dialogue-With-Zakir-Naik-To-Prove-Him-Wrong-Kula-Told News
ARTICLE
  • 19 Aug 2019

Dialogue With Zakir Naik To Prove Him Wrong, Kula Told

Perlis mufti Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin has challenged Human Resource Minister M Kula Segaran to hold an open dialogue with controversial Muslim preacher Zakir Naik to settle their score once and for all. 

Providing-a-playground-for-Indian-voices News
ARTICLE
  • 18 Aug 2019

Providing a playground for Indian voices

The Malaysian Indian community is a fragmented lot.