‘We’re providing emergency relief funds’: Zaqy Mohamad on help for woman whose sole caregiver son died in his sleep


A 35-year-old man died in his sleep on Jul 18, leaving behind his mother who has deformed feet and muscle atrophy.

A Shin Min Daily article wrote that Mr Guo Haiji (pinyin) was found dead by a neighbour and for 22 years, he had been the primary caregiver for his mother, Mdm Jenny Koh, assisting her in daily activities, including helping her to the toilet every morning.

“He really doted on me. As I have limited mobility, I depended on him to help me to the toilet. Now that he’s gone, I’m really heartbroken. What should I do in the future?” she told Shin Min.

She told Shin Min that aside from being on antidepressants, her son’s health had been fine all along.

Mdm Koh lived with her son in a one-room rental flat in Marsiling.

Marsiling community providing help: Zaqy Mohamad

Senior Minister of State for Manpower for Defence and Manpower Zaqy Mohamad, who is also the MP for Marsiling, took to Facebook on Jul 19, saying that the Marsiling community and public agencies will provide help to Mdm Koh.

“We are deeply sympathetic to her given the circumstances regarding the passing of her son. Her son has been her primary caregiver. Rest assured that the Marsiling community and agencies including the Social Service Office and the CDC will provide help and assistance to her in this time of need,” he said.

He also added that the team is helping with the funeral arrangements.

“We are arranging for interim care and providing emergency relief funds. We are also looking at other sustained support arrangements including social support for her continued well-being.”

He urged those who wish to help to reach out to the team at Marsiling CC via email or by calling 6269 6768.

Cover photo credit: Zaqy Mohamad Facebook page