Widower and stepdaughter reunited
HE RAISED his grandsons by himself, accepting help from a charitable policewoman for two years, but now his stepdaughter is out from prison and can look after him.
Shin Min Daily News and My Paper reported in early February about the plight of 74-year-old widower Ng Kuang Bong, whose wife had died and stepdaughter was in jail for drug use.
Mr Ng, then a fisherman, lived with his grandsons, aged four and five, in a three-room flat in Jurong West, getting by on his meagre salary.
The policewoman, 27-year-old Michelle Kok, began making monthly visits to the elderly man with gifts of food two years ago. She was moved to do so after seeing his living conditions when investigating his wife's death.
Mr Ng's stepdaughter, who gave her name only as Ms Su, was released from prison last month. The 23-year-old is out on probation and wears an ankle monitor, Shin Min Daily News reported yesterday.
A proud Mr Ng told the Chinese daily that his stepdaughter had grown more sensible and found a job at a factory in Jurong, working from 7am to 8pm for $48 a day.
"After her release, someone arranged the job for her. She comes home on time every day after work and even has dinner with me sometimes," he said.
The widower is content, now that his stepdaughter is earning money and buying food for him.
Mr Ng, who is retired and rents out a room to support his family, fell in his flat in December and stayed at a nursing home for a while.
His two grandsons went to live with his wife's friend and were later enrolled at a nearby PAP Community Foundation centre, with the assistance of the Ministry of Social and Family Development. They go home every two or three weeks to visit.
Many readers responded to the report, offering help, but Mr Ng accepted only second-hand goods and turned down cash donations.
According to a Shin Min reporter who visited Mr Ng on Monday, the house was much cleaner than it had been a few months earlier. There was a new sofa, cupboard and bed sheets.
Mr Ng said that he was very thankful for the furniture, which had been donated to him by members of the public. He added that social workers would visit the house to clean up fortnightly.
"It's hard for me to walk. I can't clean the house, so the social workers help me," said Mr Ng, who added that he is self-sufficient now and does not require any more assistance.
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