KL To Have R And R Centre For The Aged
October 05, 2005 17:54 PM
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 5 (Bernama) -- Kuala Lumpur will have an ultra modern rest and recreation centre for senior citizens by 2008.
The centre will have a meditation centre, an adult education centre, and a holistic health and herbal centre to provide an ideal place for relaxation and socialising for the elders.
AUTORR Foundation chairman Ms Lin Chua had donated one hectare of prime land to build the custom-made fully-equipped centre.
"I've studied elderly homes for the aged worldwide, especially in Australia, Canada and Japan, and ours will be the first of its kind," she told a press conference.
Based on her observations, Lin believed that the elderly, whether rich or poor, are facing the same problem of loneliness and feeling neglected.
"They have been giving us everything they could, some to the extent of borrowing money to educate us.
"But once we grew up, working and having children of our own, we no longer have time for them. They need to be loved and cared," she said.
She said the centre was intended to provide a suitable place for the elderly and senior citizens to be with their friends and pursue their favourite pastimes.
"It will be beautifully landscaped with fountains and greenery. We are depending on wind and natural air because air-conditions will cause complications such as rheumatism to the elderly," she said.
Health specialists and volunteers would be manning the centre while transportation would be provided at a reasonable fee.
Piling and earthwork have commenced. The first phase of the project, covering 0.5 hectares will cost about RM4 million and the second phase RM 1.5 million.
"The project is being funded by donations from fund-raising projects. It has received full support from the government," said Lin, who is also the granddaughter of Yap Kwan Seng, a renowned philanthropist and Kuala Lumpur's 3rd Chinese Kapitan.
Her works had won accolades, locally and internationally. Last year, she was awarded American Hall of Fame Five Star Award by American Biographical Institute, USA, apart from International Peace Prize in 2003 by the United Cultural Convention, USA and International Woman of the Year 2000-2001 by IBC Cambridge, Britain, to name a few.
Volunteers are welcomed to contact Shahreen Kamaluddin at 012-3221930.