Tuesday, August 14, 2012

We want his houses but we don't want to bury him

WHEN 80-year-old Pak Salleh died at an old folk's home near Johor Baru on July 27, his two children were duly informed but said they were too busy to make any funeral arrangements.

Stunned by the response, the home lodged a police report, but the children, in their 40s and 50s, were unperturbed and, instead, gave some money to make the burial preparations.

What was more shocking to the operators of the Nur Ehsan old folk's home in Kempas was that two days after the death of the man, the brother and sister came to the home to get his identity card to facilitate their claim to 10 houses that he had purportedly owned.

“The siblings did not show any interest about their dead father except to ask for his personal documents,” home manager Norijah Bidin told Harian Metro.

She said the siblings had left their father at the home five years ago and had not visited him, even during Hari Raya.

“They were always saying they were too busy to visit him and we believed their excuses. But it was a total surprise that they did not even want to prepare for his burial,” Norijah said.

The siblings, when contacted, declined to comment - The Star