KUCHING: A couple with a down syndrome son is appealing for government assistance to own a house.
Peter Dion and his wife, Mary and their six-year-old son, Adrian are presently squatting with his three other siblings at a house in Kampung Sagah, Bau.
Peter is currently employed as a watch man while Mary is a housewife.
They have no choice but to squat with Peter’s three other siblings as they cannot afford their own accommodation due to having to look after their son who has down syndrome.
After learning about Peter’s plight, Habitat for Indigenous and Urban Programme (Hidup) president George Young Si Ricord Jr and his team visited the family and also notified Tupong assemblyman Fazzrudin Abdul Rahman, who responded positively by sending Kampung Sagah headman Hillary to investigate the case.
Peter said his salary as a watchman was not enough and was spent on his six-year-old son’s diapers and milk.
Kampung Sagah is a predominantly Bidayuh community in the Tupong state constituency.
George said their visit to the Peter’s family was part of Hidup’s ongoing efforts to highlight the plight of rural Sarawakians who needed assistance.
The founder of Hidup appealed to the public and relevant state ministry to help Peter and his family to obtain their own accommodation.