Date: 12th July, 2022
Venue: Charity Home, Klang
Event: Where is my hope and future?
While visiting a charity home in Klang last year, I was deeply impressed by a girl named Chloe. While I was cleaning the bedroom, I noticed her gazing up at the sky alone, as though she were missing someone. Intrigued, I approached her, and she looked at me with tears in her eyes and whispered “Daddy, mommy”. Without hesitation, I gave her a big hug, and she burst into tears. Later on, I had a meaningful conversation with Mrs. Pravina, the owner of the charity home, who shared with me the story of Chloe.
Chloe was born in 2013 into a wealthy family residing in Mont Kiara. Her father, Captain Raymond Tan, was a pilot and her mother, Mrs Tan, was a nurse. However, Chloe was diagnosed with Down Syndrome, which prompted Mrs Tan to quit her job and provide full-time care for Chloe. Despite the challenges of constantly falling sick and requiring comprehensive physiotherapy to improve her living skills, Chloe’s parents remained dedicated to her well-being.
Unfortunately, tragedy struck when Chloe was only four years old. Her father passed away in a car accident on the way to the airport. However, the family received RM2 million from the company as an accident death claim within a month. The sudden loss had a profound impact on Mrs Tan, who struggled with depression a year later. Matters worsened when Mr Tan lost RM100K to a money game trap, causing Mrs Tan to relapse and require hospitalization for mental illness treatment. As a result, Mrs Tan lost guardianship of Chloe, and her uncle became the legal guardian. However, Chloe was later found in an NGO Charity Home after five years due to a lack of funds. Unfortunately, the money was misused, and Chloe lost access to physiotherapy and skill development treatments, which severely impacted her quality of life.
Had Chloe’s parents set up a Trust Fund during their lifetime, her fate could have been different. Unfortunately, it’s too late for Chloe, and the mismanagement of funds destroyed her promising future. Chloe lost not only her parents and friends but also her ability to smile and hope for a better tomorrow.