No evidence of abuse at Seremban elderly care centre

Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

PUTRAJAYA: No elements of abuse have been found among elderly occupants of the Pusat Jagaan Warga Emas dan Terapi Fitrah Seremban as has been alleged, said Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

“The hospital did examinations (on the residents) and found no evidence of abuse,” said Wan Azizah, who is also women, family and community development minister, when met by reporters after attending the “Brisk Walk” programme at the Putra Mosque grounds here today.

The media recently reported that four former care workers had claimed that senior citizens at the centre had been abused and tortured over the past two years.

Police have reportedly taken statements from 10 witnesses on the case and it is being investigated under Section 351/352 of the Penal Code.

Wan Azizah said the nursing centre had 12 senior citizens and was in the process of being closed down due to its failure to comply with registration requirements.

She said the ministry would ensure the relocation of the residents before their immediate families can take them back.

“The residents of the centre will be housed in a safe place before the centre ceases operations,” she said.

Meanwhile, Zulkifli Ismail, director-general of the Social Welfare Department (JKM), said the new operators, who wanted to take over the operations of the care centre, had to apply to JKM.

In another development, Wan Azizah called on Malaysians to take up “plogging” (jogging while collecting garbage) as a culture.

She said this activity had become a trend, particularly, in Sweden.