The Senior Citizens day care centre, situated at Jalan Haji Manan, Kluang has 632 members since its launch in 2004.
One of two such NGOs in the state of Johor under the charge of Majlis Pusat Kebajikan Semenanjung Malaysia takes care of Johor’s elderly.
According to the day care administrator Jaafar Abu Bakar, some of the activities held on a daily basis include Tai Chi, Ping Pong, carom, gardening, Karaoke, sewing and cooking classes.
Once a month, a free health screening is held for the members.
The yearly grant of RM33,000 barely covers the expenses of the centre including the salaries of 4 full-time staff.
The daily turnout of the members is about 50-100 and 2 teabreaks (morning and afternoon) are provided for them. They do not live here but only drop in to pass time.
Koo Teng Hong, 78, is a member and his favorite activity is the ping pong session.
Every day from Monday to Friday, he rides his bicycle to the centre which takes him about 30 minutes to reach.
For more information on the centre email: [email protected]