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Tan Ah Leng

“My family has forgotten me. I have 2 sisters and 1 younger brother. They have many children, they’re doing well. We lived in a rubber estate during our childhood and younger days, and only studied up to primary school. 

My parents were rubber tappers – my father died from tuberculosis when we were children. All my life, I’ve worked as a hard labourer, loading and unloading heavy loads with my bare hands from 6-tonne lorries. My body’s broken now, I haven’t worked in the last 10 years. I try to get by on what the governments hands out, RM300 a month doesn’t get much. Sometimes some Buddhist organisations and charity homes are kind enough to give us some food.” 

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