'I have enough... I don't need anything else'

Mr Lee Cho Poon with Mr Neo Cheng Liang (far left), who moved in with him in 2017. Mr Neo, 86, suffers from dementia and is hard of hearing. More than 30 people have reached out to offer help to Mr Lee, 83, since his story was reported on Tuesday. Mr
Mr Lee Cho Poon with Mr Neo Cheng Liang (far left), who moved in with him in 2017. Mr Neo, 86, suffers from dementia and is hard of hearing. More than 30 people have reached out to offer help to Mr Lee, 83, since his story was reported on Tuesday. Mr Lee has opened his heart and home to a few of his fellow seniors, caring for them like they are his family members. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

Elderly caregiver surprised at response to his life story and grateful for offers of assistance

Offers of donations and assistance have poured in for Mr Lee Cho Poon, an 83-year-old retired busker who has opened his rental flat to three different housemates over the past decade, caring for their every need, including their funerals.

But when The Straits Times visited Mr Lee in his one-room apartment in Ang Mo Kio on Wednesday, he politely declined every one of them, asking instead that donors help those less fortunate than he is.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 01, 2019, with the headline ''I have enough... I don't need anything else''. Print Edition | Subscribe