FIFTY-EIGHT needy families received aid from Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) at its Deepavali open house.
The aid was given to needy families from PPR Kota Damansara, PPR Lembah Subang, Desa Mentari and other places under the city council’s administration in conjunction with the celebration hosted by MBPJ staff at its banquet hall.
The selected recipients comprised single mothers, families with many children and families with disabled children.
The families who earned less than RM2,000 monthly were given RM200 cash and a RM50 voucher for daily household necessities.
Petaling Jaya mayor Datuk Mohd Sayuthi Bakar said the Deepavali celebration was an annual tradition since 2003.
“This year, we are celebrating our 16th Deepavali open house. This programme enables the city council help the needy as well as strengthen the bond between higher council management and MBPJ staff.
“We hope the aid can help ease their burden with the rising cost of living.
“The programme is also a sign of concern and community service to residents in the suburbs, with the aim to reach out, help and pay attention to low-income families, ” he said.
Also present at the event were Petaling Jaya deputy mayor Johary Anuar, Public Complaints Bureau director-general Datuk Harjeet Singh, MBPJ deputy secretary Sharipah Marhaini Syed Ali and Deepavali council committee chairman and director of property valuation and management department Datin S.R. Amreeta Kaur Pretham Singh.
The funds were allocated from the Urban Poverty Eradication scheme while part of the funds for the open house was from MBPJ.Children of 18 MBPJ staff received school bags from the Petaling Jaya mayor.
Guests at the event were entertained to dances by MBPJ dancers as well as guest artistes.
There was also a scrumptious buffet spread with Indian delights for the multiracial crowd.
Also present at the luncheon were councillors and department heads. — By KALAIVANI MURUGASAN
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