“Life is better here, I am happy” – Homeless man

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SUKHVEER KAUR, AN ACTIVE NGO MEMBER IN PENANG, MALAYSIA, SHARES AN ENCOUNTER WITH A HOMELESS MAN

I visited this uncle who lives in a shed. This is just behind the Jaya Restaurant in Dato Keramat, Penang. He collects cardboards and other recyclables goods to be sold. He seems to be contented with his life.

He eats leftovers from neighbouring restaurants. He says those people are very humble and nice. He opens the pots and show me the food and says the food is tasty and good, it tastes better the next day.

“When it rains I take shelter near the stadium, otherwise I sleep in the makeshift tent. I have 6 children, they’re all in KL [Kuala Lumpur]. Life is better here, I am happy,” he said.

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I gave him some money and asked if he needed anything. A blanket, he says. That’s all he asked for. I stepped closer to him. The surrounding was soggy and filled with flies. Daljit Singh [her husband] went there a week later. He offered him some money, but the homeless man  declined it, saying he has enough for the time. “When I see you next, If I need I will ask,” he says. Be he never did. He looked happy and  kept on saying THANK YOU so many times and kept on waving his hand till the car was out of sight.

MAKE GRATITUDE YOUR WAY OF LIFE. Be happy with what you have. Many do not have the comforts we have. Be contented.

BLAST FROM THE PAST: A news item featuring Sukhveer in The Star, a Malaysian newspaper, in 2012

 

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://asiasamachar.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/SukhveerDaljit-mugshot.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Sukhveer Kaur is a Penang-based NGO worker. sHe founded Himmat Suport Group, which provides support to cancer-related cases [/author_info] [/author]

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