Helping hands make flats a better place for residents

  • Metro News
  • Monday, 14 Oct 2019

One of the children from the flats learning about recycling through games conducted for them by the volunteers. - Filepic

PASIR GUDANG: Residents of Taman Megah Ria flats now have a cleaner environment, thanks to volunteers from the Calvary City Church who helped clean up the area and make it safer and better for them.

One of the residents, Stella Jungan, 32, said the block was a sorry sight with rubbish left lying around, including old mattresses and broken furniture.

“After the gotong-royong, the pathway is clear and in general the area is clean.

“The volunteers also conducted free medical health checks and many of us took the opportunity to get ourselves tested, ” said the mother of two.

Security guard S. Rajan, 44, who has lived in the flat with his wife and daughter for the past four years, said he was happy the premises was now cleaner and nicer.

“Some of the residents here have tried to clean up the area but found it difficult. Soon after a cleaning session, it will be dirty again.

“Hopefully, all will be more responsible and help keep our area clean, ” he said.

The gotong-royong was organised by Transformation Welfare Society, a missionary arm of Calvary City Church.

Project manager Pastor Reuben Vincent, 27, said the flat houses some 500 underprivileged families, with about 90% of them coming from Sabah and Sarawak.

“I saw the condition at the flats when I visited one of the families living here and decided to mobilise help to make it a cleaner and healthier environment for the residents, ” he said.

He added that a feeding programme was also held previously, where food was given out to some 50 families.

“In March, we held a health carnival where we provided free medical checks and held health talks as well as conducted games for the children living here.

“The gotong-royong this time involved volunteers aged between 13 and 70 years old, ” he said.

He added that the group also goes door-to-door to create awareness on the need for proper disposal of rubbish.

Event operations manager Sebastian Benjamin, 33, said besides rubbish the flats had water and electricity issues.

“We cleared a lot of rubbish along the corridors of the flats which were also flooded.

“This place was also listed as one of the hot spots for dengue fever and we hope this activity will help to reduce such health risks, ” he said.

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