Hard times force family of 6 to live in tent under flyover


PETALING JAYA: An odd-job worker, his wife and four children under eight years old, who were forced out of their low cost flat, have been living in a tent under a flyover in Pandan Perdana near Cheras for two months now.

According to The Star, Jeffry Husin, 41, and his family cook in the tent and make do with the few basic items, including a stove, that they have in their possession.

The children however sleep at his sister’s house at night.

Jeffry earns a living doing odd jobs that includes selling recycled items. He left his job as a security guard a year ago due to a spinal injury in suffered in 2006 that often left him in pain and unable to report for work.

He said his present job situation led to his inability to pay his rent on time.

“I was falling behind on my rent, so I offered RM200 first but my landlord refused,” Jeffry, said.

Jeffry, his wife Siti Nor Sazila Zakaria, 30, and their children Siti Nurfadhilah, eight, Siti Nurfatihah, six, Nur Farisha Alesha, four, and nine-month-old Nur Cahaya Ada­wiyah were staying at the rented flat for 11 years.

He said his landlord would show up at his home almost daily and demand the rent.

“He would shout at us and call us names,” The Star quoted Jeffry as saying.

However living on the streets has taken a toll on Jeffry’s family and besides causing him immense shame, the baby has developed a fever.

Jeffry’s plight may however soon come to an end, now that Pandan MCA chairman Leong Kok Wee, who visited Jeffry and his family yesterday, said that the Welfare Department would help find him proper housing.

Leong also donated money to Jeffry as well as essential items for the family’s use in the time being.

The Star also reported that “good samaritan” Danny Sum, came forward to donate some money to the family as well as offer Jeffry a job once he found a proper place to live.