KUALA LUMPUR – The Minister of Women, Family and Community Development, Rohani Karim said, the government will not set up any more new welfare homes from today onward.
This is due to more and more people tend to send their aged parents to these homes instead of caring them, she said.
“Some people put their parents at the welfare homes to avoid taking care of them. Some just drop them at the gate and drive away, instead of sending them in properly.
“This bad habit should be stopped. As such there is no plan for any new home to be added from the nine in existence,”said Rohani when opening the Kampung Malaysia Jaya Activity Centre for Senior Citizens in Kuching, Sarawak, recently.
Rohani added, in fact the government is converting the one in Kuala Lumpur into a respite center.
“Those who send their parents at the centre will be charged RM50 per day (per person) to pay for the meals and services offered.
The centre would be like a temporary hotel to cater to aged parents when their children had to leave for haj or umrah, travelling outstation for some days or when they were sick.
If the response was encouraging, more homes for the aged would be converted, she added.
Meanwhile, Rohani mentioned that her ministry is still studying to come up with a senior citizen’s card as done in Australia and United Kingdom.