Deepavali treats for Brickfields’ underprivileged community


  • Metro News
  • Monday, 05 Nov 2018

Visitors checking out the bazaar at Little India.

IT WAS a joyful night for 500 poor and underprivileged families who received

goodie bags in conjunction with the Fiesta Deepavali celebration in Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Brickfields.

Organised by Pertubuhan Pusat Aduan Rakyat Malaysia (PAR Malaysia) and Kelab Sukan Kebajikan Bestari Kuala Lumpur in collaboration with the Federal Territories Ministry and Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), the sixth edition of annual event was held for five days.

It took place at the Little India enclave in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur to complement the festival bazaars in the area.

PAR Malaysia chairman Datuk A. Chandrakumanan thanked DBKL for helping in logistics and providing facilities such as public toilets.

(Far left) Khalid (second from right) presenting goodie bags to underprivileged families. With him are Prabakaran (right) and Chandrakumanan (back, left). — Photos: ART CHEN/The Star

“This programme is a platform to foster closer bonds among the community, people and the government as a way to highlight grassroots problems to the authorities.

“I thank Kuala Lumpur mayor Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan for ensuring the success of the programme.

“As part of the Deepavali open house traditions, orphans were also given a banana leaf meal yesterday,” he said.

Also present were Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad, Batu MP P. Prabakaran and Bukit Bintang MP Fung Kui Lun’s special assistant Sally Sian.

Khalid hopes the programme would promote harmony and unity within the community.

“I will ensure the continuation of programmes that benefit the public and unite the people,” Khalid said.

To facilitate the event, DBKL will partially close Jalan Tun Sambanthan for five days.

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