Beautician’s battle: Sepsis forces limb amputation, exhausts life savings

China Press headlined that Lin Ai Ling ( name transliterate), a 37-year-old beautician developed sepsis, leading to limb amputation. She spent her entire savings of RM1.04 million on medical expenses to survive.

She came to Singapore from Ipoh, Malaysia in 2016 to work as a beautician. She loved makeup and taking photos while out and about. Unfortunately, an illness last October cost her all four limbs.

Sin Chew Daily, Guang Ming Daily and Kwong Wah Daily led by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim noted that according to Employees Provident Fund (EPF) data, a quarter of its members deplete their entire savings within five years of reaching the withdrawal age of 55.

He said that the nature of the EPF’s one-time withdrawal option has led many Malaysians to be unable to maintain a reasonable standard of living or manage longevity risks after retirement. 

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said that in facing the issue of an ageing population, Malaysia needs to prioritise investment in the “silver economy” by building infrastructure and innovating in technology fields such as artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics to achieve active and healthy ageing, is the headline in Nanyang Daily. 

Editorial

Sin Chew Daily highlighted that the leaders of China, Russia, and the United States did not attend the “Ukraine Peace Summit,” indicating that the summit was merely a formality and would not yield any results. 

Achieving a ceasefire in Gaza is even more difficult, as Israel insists on the conditions of eliminating Hamas and not accepting Hamas to continue ruling Gaza after the war, said the daily. 

Hamas will certainly fight to the last man, added the daily. 

Nanyang Daily

Nanyang Daily said netizens often mock victims of fraud cases, displaying callousness. The daily also said that having empathy is crucial, as victims need support, not ridicule. Comfort and support from friends and family are essential for victims to navigate the situation, said the daily.

Recently Malaysian mixed doubles shuttler Lai Pei Jing almost lost all her savings due to a scam. 

The daily said perhaps because it involves a national athlete, Youth and Sports Minister Hannah Yeoh has said she will assist Malaysian mixed doubles Lai Pei Jing and hopes she can first calm down and return to the court to compete for medals for the country. The minister’s intention is good, hoping that Lai Pei Jing has a strong enough heart to achieve this.

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