Just a few days ago in Kuala Lumpur, a man had grabbed a two year old child, Siti Sofea Emelda, and ran off. Her decapitated body was found in a nearby river later.
Sofea and her mother were vagrants living in the streets. They are part of the large number of homeless in Malaysia’s capitol city and Sofea’s death is a reminder of how unsafe living in the streets can be.
Sofea’s mother has been coming to a soup kitchen run by volunteers for about a year but usually not to get something for herself but to get some help with milk and diapers for Sofea. Now there is more grief poured out on her difficult life. The soup kitchen and the volunteers there are one of the few to have offered any comfort and care to her and to Sofea in her short life.
Yet, a few days before this tragedy, the Minister for Women, Family and Community Development accused soup kitchens and NGOs of being a major contributor to the problem of the homeless by enabling homelessness through their ‘indiscriminate’ feeding programs.
Really? I never knew. I help out at one of those soup kitchens that feed the aged, the drug addicts, the blind and the abandoned. I never knew that I was really the reason that they ‘chose’ to be homeless.
But now, I am enlightened. I understand. Suddenly it is all clear for me. I also now realise that;
- Dentists are ‘enabling’ us to have more cavities.
- Rich people, by having money, are ‘encouraging’ more young people to become robbers.
- and politicians are the ‘contributing factor’ to more people feeling nauseated.
I am so proud of our politicians…….NOT!!!!!!!