JOHOR BARU – Help is on the way for a mentally challenged and cancer-stricken Special Olympics gold medallist to lessen the burden of his family.
MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong pledged RM10,000 to Thong Kong Weng through the 1MCA Medical Foundation.
“This is to buy a special kind of milk for Kong Weng. We will also arrange for another unit at the apartment block for him, his mother and sister,” Dr Wee said when visiting Kong Weng at his home.
The family of eight live in the one-bedroom apartment of Kong Weng’s elder brother, Kong Meng, in Larkin.
Kong Weng, 38, was diagnosed with third stage nose cancer last month and will begin his first chemotherapy cycle at Hospital Sultan Ismail today.
Back in 2003, he took home a gold medal for lawn bowl at the Special Olympics World Games in Dublin, Ireland.
He was living in a People’s Housing Project unit in Kuala Lumpur with his mother and a mentally-challenged sister.
Up until he was diagnosed with the illness, he was the sole breadwinner earning RM1,200 a month working as a lift operator at a beverage factory.
He quit his job when his elder brother Kong Meng moved the family to Johor Baru.
“He will need special care and it would be difficult to look after him well in the apartment. I am still paying my housing loan, so I cannot afford to rent another space for them to live,” Kong Meng told reporters. – The Star Online