Tin: Plight of addict's family left a deep impression

His family suffered because he could not hold down a job due to his drug habit.

MP Tin Pei Ling (MacPherson) told Parliament yesterday she will always remember the abuser's family members, whom she encountered while serving as a grassroots leader in Ulu Pandan, and their plight.

She recalled that one night, she met the abuser's young wife and children. "(The children) were all crying. They were crying because they were hungry. The family had not the financial means, the money to buy the baby supplies that they needed, and that was because the husband... was a drug addict."

His wife faced great difficulties in taking care of the children.

She said: "Some of us stayed back to write letters of appeal and try to find different ways to help her solve her financial distress. We can help, we can give them as much help as we can, but we can never be real fathers or real husbands to them."

Shaffiq Alkhatib

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 05, 2017, with the headline 'Tin: Plight of addict's family left a deep impression'. Print Edition | Subscribe