| Fadley Faisal |
IT ALL began with a message on social media which had gone viral, about a man in Rimba with failing health who needed urgent attention.
Upon receiving the message, the Brunei Council on Social Welfare (MKM) immediately dispatched one of its members, Dr Hajah Kamariah, to verify. It turned out the message was true.
Mahadi was living alone in his house in RPN Kampong Rimba. He is a diabetic with failing vision, having severe skin problem and needed to use the wheelchair most of the time.
Due to his ill health, he is unable to clean the house or cook for himself.
He is also unable to clean his own clothing. His only daughter is also doing poorly and is staying with her husband; she comes around once or twice a month to wash his clothing.
MKM immediately arranged for a nearby vendor to send food to Mahadi twice a day and take stock of what is needed to assist him.
Yesterday, a group of MKM members headed by its President Mohd Yusof bin Halim came by to clean Mahadi’s place.
“All the bedrooms could not be used as they are strewn with rubbish and dirty clothing. We found mice nesting in the mattresses in the bedroom and mice urine and excrements everywhere,” said MKM Vice President Hajah Johana binti Haji Mohd Jaya, who also assisted in the clean-up.
A lorry load of rubbish was carried off from Mahadi’s house. New bed, mattresses, dining table and chairs were bought.
The old carpets which were infested with mice urine and excrement were discarded and new ones were put in place.
“We gave the whole place a thorough cleaning as Mahadi’s health will worsen if this is not done,” said Mohd Yusof.
However, Mahadi lives in fear as he is living alone.
His house was broken into when he was recently hospitalised and what little he has, including his television, were stolen and his house damaged.
The MKM is working with several government authorities to try to find a more permanent solution to Mahadi’s problems.
Those interested to assist Mahadi can call the MKM’s helpline at 7146680.