Stop spreading rumours about welfare home, people told

Rumah Kebajikan Kanak-Kanak Cacat Batu GajahBATU GAJAH: All parties are urged to stop spreading rumours about residents of a disabled children’s welfare home being confined in cages.

Batu Gajah Disabled Child Welfare Home committee chairman R Sivalingam said the news that had gone viral on social networking sites had tarnished the reputation of the home, established over 40 years ago.

“Before spreading the news, the parties concerned should study the truth first or visit the home to look at the real situation,” he told reporters here, today.

According to him, the welfare home that was founded in 1968 had 47 residents aged between 15 and 60 years who were abandoned, and suffered from various types of disabilities.

He said every step undertaken by the management was the result of discussions held by the committee to maintain the safety of all occupants, adding that he had lodged a police report on the matter to safeguard the home’s good name.

On Monday, the story of 10 residents at the welfare home who suffered from chronic mental illness being locked up in spaces resembling cages for allegedly endangering the safety of other inmates, went viral on social media. It even prompted Unicef Malaysia to urge the authorities to investigate the matter.