Helping the needy during Deepavali

  • Metro News
  • Friday, 01 Nov 2019

Chow (light turquoise shirt) presenting a bag of rice to a recipient at the Deepavali event in Butterworth. With him are (from right) Dr Lingeshwaran, Phee, Arunasalam and Chua.

MORE than 500 underprivileged folk in Butterworth on the Penang mainland received grocery items and festive money in conjunction with the Deepavali celebrations.

The event, which was held for the 40th consecutive year, was organised by RA Group of Companies executive director Datuk Seri R. Arunasalam.

Arunasalam’s son Dr Lingeshwaran said the event was aimed at giving back to the society.

“We also gave out spectacles to students and senior citizens,” he said recently.

The event held at the Dewan Datuk Haji Ahmad Badawi field in Jalan Bagan Luar was attended by Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow.

“It is a noble gesture by the Arunasalam family to help those in need,” he said.

Each recipient took home a trolley bag with two 20kg bags of rice, milo, sugar, cooking oil, tea packets, sarong, saree and veshti, and an umbrella. Each also received RM50 as festive money.

S. Selvam, 60, from Taman Mak Mandin, said the food items would come in handy during the festive period.

“I thank the family for this programme and hope that it will go on for many years,” he said.

V. Devi, 54, said she had to care for her six children including a disabled child.

“We have a lot of commitments and this aid will ease our burden,” she said.

Also present were Deputy Chief Minister I Dr P. Ramasamy, state environment and caring society committee chairman Phee Boon Poh, Malaysian Associated Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry president Datuk N. Gobalakrishnan and One Hope Charity & Welfare Bhd chairman Chua Sui Hau.

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