IN keeping with the spirit of Ramadan, Kompleks Bukit Jambul (KBJ) treated 80 needy families to a sumptuous buka puasa meal.
Single mother Waidah Rahama M. Sheriff said she was looking forward to Hari Raya as her three working children would return home for the celebration.
The 58-year-old said seeing her children and grandchildren would be the highlight of the celebration, even though it was usually observed on a moderate scale.
“My children, aged between 36 and 42, are all married and they are usually busy on weekdays as they are working. But, for Hari Raya, they will make it a point to come back with my eight grandchildren to be with me.
“I will usually prepare their favourite dishes and buy some of their favourite cookies,” she said at the buka puasa event at KBJ in Bayan Lepas, Penang, on Sunday.
Waidah said she was grateful to be invited to the event where she also received a goodie bag filled with daily necessities.
Year Five pupil Mohd Haikal Jasmi, 11, was overjoyed when he went up to the stage to represent his visually impaired mother to receive the goodie bag from Deputy Chief Minister I Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon and KBJ Joint Management Body chairman K.H. Chan.
His mother Yusniza Junus, who lost her eyesight some nine years ago due an unknown cause, said the goodie bag items would lessen their burden during Hari Raya.
“The goodie bag is filled with essential items that will surely be used.
“We always celebrate Hari Raya in a simple manner and I’m glad that my son understands our situation.”
Chan said all 80 families received goodie bags that were filled with items such as sugar, Milo, cooking oil, flour and cookies.
“Besides this, we also prepared bubur lambuk, which was given out to some 500 shoppers at the complex’s promenade,” he said, adding that this was their first bubur lambuk giveaway.