GEORGE TOWN: For S. Ganesh, for the past eight months, the 30-year-old Proton Saga Aeroback has been home to his five-strong family.
It is also his eight-month-old daughter’s only home he has ever known.
Since their home on Carnavon Street burned down in April, the 33-year-old security guard has been living in the car with his wife, Parameswari, 32, and two other daughters, aged six and three years.
Moving around to different locations to use public toilets, their mobile home has experienced many hunger pangs and sleepless nights.
We’re going about and we can use a public bathroom anywhere to bathe, wash our clothes and have access to running water.
On Thursday, he said, “Sometimes we park along Sepoy Lines, Gurney Drive, the Esplanade or the school where I work” (Dec 24).
Ganesh said all was lost in the flames, and he had only the clothes on his back and the Proton Saga that his mother had given him.
I have no choice but to live in the car as I can not afford deposits for a room or a home, with most of them asking in advance for RM800 to RM900.
Also, I receive just RM1,200 per month and that money goes towards the food and diapers of my son.
“At night I park the car near the school I work at to keep an eye on my family,” he said.
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