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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Abusive caretaker at old folks home remanded

The 56-year-old man, who has denied the act portrayed in the video, has been remanded until Oct 8

PETALING JAYA - Malacca police have arrested the caretaker of an old folks home after a video clip of him allegedly abusing an occupant went viral on social media.

State police chief Ramli Din said the 56-year-old suspect had been remanded until Oct 8.

Yesterday, it was reported that the Malacca Welfare Department had ordered the closure of the home in Klebang, after an 11-second video clip showing the man repeatedly hitting an elderly woman went viral on social media.

The 19 occupants of the home have since been relocated to other homes.

State Women, Family Development and Family Committee Chairman Latipah Omar was quoted as saying checks revealed that the home was not conducive for the care of elderly folk.

She also revealed that the home was not registered with the State Welfare Department, despite repeated reminders to do so since 2015.

A Star Online report quoted the caretaker shown in the video denying abusing senior citizens at the home.

He had said that a former staff member of the home had recorded the footage to smear the reputation of the home.

The staff member in question, however, refuted she was sacked from the home and said that she had quit because she could no longer bear to see the home’s occupants bullied. She had also lodged a police report against the caretaker.

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