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Dreams come true this Deepavali

THE familiar aroma of idli, chutney and mutton curry filled the air of Ramesh Nadeson’s home and wafted beyond its four walls, bringing neighbours Alias Ismail and Low Yon Sang to his door.

The Ramesh family entertaining guests. — Photos: SAMUEL ONG/The Star

Deepavali dream come true

WHAT would have been a gloomy Deepavali for a flood-plagued family of four has now turned into the rejoicing of a new beginning as help pours in from kind souls.

Jeyajothi and Kaviarasu helping their children Kumaran Reddy, 11, and Rubbani Reddy, 11, to decorate their house for Deepavali in Jalan Kampung Pisang, Ayer Itam, Penang.

RM1mil boost for anti-poverty project

MAH SING Foundation donated RM1mil to Badan Amal Kasih Ibu Wilayah Persekutuan (BAKIWP), the welfare arm of the Federal Territories Ministry, in support of its Projek Baiti Jannati programme which aims to elevate the living standards of the disadvantaged.

(From left) Mah Sing group strategy and operations director Lionel Leong, Kuala Lumpur mayor‘s representative Wan Mohammad Ghazali Nor, Mah Sing Foundation chairman Datuk Syed Norulzaman Syed Kamarulzaman, Leong, Tengku Adnan, Anggraini, FT Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Adnan Md Ikshan and deputy secretary-general (management and socioeconomic development) Datuk Rosida Jaafar at the mock cheque presentation ceremony.

Residents fed up with poor building maintenance

JOHOR BARU: Residents staying in People’s Housing Project (PPR) units at Taman Desa Mutiara here have expressed their dissatisfaction over the poorly maintained buildings.

Ruziah pointing out the lack of a staircase railing at one of the blocks at Taman Desa Mutiara.

Siti Sariah finds joy in giving

JOHOR BARU: For over a decade Siti Sariah Sariman, 62, has been helping the less fortunate with funds she gets from a charity shop at the Danga City Mall shopping complex.

Doing her part: Siti Sariah at her charity shop in Danga City Mall, Johor Baru.

Penang irked over cancelled visit to People’s Housing Project site

GEORGE TOWN: The state has questioned the sincerity of the Federal Government in building People’s Housing Project (PPR) units in Penang.

News nibbles

KANGAR: Two giant murals have been painted under the flyover of the Kuala Perlis-Changlun expressway in Arau in conjunction with the National Welfare Month 2017.

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MB: Initiatives will ensure socio-economic progress

ISKANDAR PUTERI: The Johor government has expressed confidence over the four new initiatives introduced by the Federal Govern­ment to boost the state’s socio-economic development, said Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin.

Families from demolished houses now offered housing by Selangor

PETALING JAYA: After the demolishment of two houses and three shoplots in Subang and the arrest of nine protestors, the Selangor government is now offering the two affected families low-cost housing.

Last few Kg Suria squatters agree to move

THIRTY-FOUR families from Kampung Suria, also known as JKR Batu 7 Kepong, have agreed to accept the offer from Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and developer Aset Kayamas Sdn Bhd to move out of their squatter houses by November.

Ong (standing, fourth from left) with the squatters at the Mid-Autumn festival celebration in the village.