LATE detection of diabetes caused Nazilah Ahmad, 54, to lose both her legs.
Since then, the former TV producer spends her time at home accompanied by her pets.
Recently, she received a visit from Petaling Jaya mayor Datuk Mohd Sayuthi Bakar, who presented her with groceries and a cake mixer, on behalf of the city council in conjunction with Ramadan.
“I feel so blessed and happy to receive a visit from the mayor,” said Nazilah who lives at Section 3, Petaling Jaya.
As part of efforts to reduce the use of plastic, MBPJ is presenting tokens of appreciation to visitors who bring their own bags and food containers.
She was among four urban poor families whom the mayor, Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) officers and Original Penang Kayu Nasi Kandar Sdn Bhd managing director Burhan Mohamed called.
Other recipients included a family with 11 children, whose parents sell nasi lemak and fish to make ends meet.
The council also visited four siblings who have been orphaned.
The second child, Mohd Hanafi Mohd Isa, 22, who works in a restaurant, is the sole breadwinner and looks after his three brothers – a 23-year-old who is disabled, a 13-year-old who is deaf and mute and a 19-year-old.
The fourth family consisted of single mother-of-five Noraini Ahmad, whose youngest child is two years old.
MBPJ Licensing Department director Sharinaz Samsudin said the council has incorporated some of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in its outreach programmes this Ramadan.
“Our programmes based on these SDGs include zero hunger, no poverty and responsible production and consumption,” she said.
Mohd Sayuthi (second from left) leading an MBPJ inspection at one of the Ramadan bazaars.
Mohd Sayuthi said the city council distributed groceries to 60 senior citizens and four families in the B40 group.
For the first time, MBPJ has engaged with 238 traders from 19 Ramadan bazaars to donate freshly cooked food for the poor.
The food will be distributed by councillors to the needy in their respective area.
The council is also introducing food composting at selected Ramadan bazaar sites.
“We have placed bins to collect food waste at 13 Ramadan bazaars which will be sent to the council’s recycling centre at SS2 for composting,” said Mohd Sayuthi.
“Traders and business owners in the city were also invited to reach out to the poor and they have shown good support.”
To encourage green practices, Mohd Sayuthi said MBPJ was visiting all 19 bazaars and giving out souvenirs to shoppers who bring their own bags and food containers.
The mayor and several council officers also distributed about 1,000 paper straws and food containers to promote the reduction of plastic use at Apartment Vista in PJU 10/1 Damansara Damai during a site visit.