ABOUT 60 families benefitted from Petaling Jaya City Council’s (MBPJ) initiative called “Jom Shopping Kembali ke Sekolah 2019” under its Urban Poverty Eradication Programme (PPKB).
The annual event saw the families receiving a voucher worth RM300 each to buy school supplies such as uniforms, sports attire, shoes, socks, bags and stationery.
The ceremony was launched by Petaling Jaya mayor Datuk Mohd Sayuthi Bakar at Mydin Hypermarket USJ in Subang Jaya.
Mohd Sayuthi said MBPJ had formed a long-standing collaboration with Mydin Hypermarket to organise the programme.
“This annual government initiative aims to ease the burden of the B40 group.
“Recipients who have at least three schoolgoing children were recommended by MBPJ councillors and will be given aid for the new school session next year.
“We plan to increase the number of recipients based on the total allocation next year, ” he said.
The programme was also one of MBPJ’s corporate social responsibility initiatives.
All recipients are registered under PPKB and reside within MBPJ’s administrative areas such as PPR Kota Damansara, PPR Lembah Subang, Petaling Jaya Selatan and Desa Mentari.
Ten-year-old Nur Aina Natasha Mohd Kamal Ariffin from SK Seksyen 7 Kota Damansara said she spent the money buying new school items with her family.
“I am very happy because I bought two sets of school uniforms, shoes and socks with my brother.
“I cannot wait to begin the school next year and wear the new uniforms, ” she said.
Rangitha Saravanan, 17, from SMK Petaling said the voucher helped her parents who have four schoolgoing children.
“I enjoyed today’s programme and thank MBPJ for this wonderful donation, ” said the fourth of eight siblings.
Also present were Petaling Jaya deputy mayor Johary Anuar, MBPJ councillor Ahmad Akhir Pawan Chik, MBPJ Community Development Department director Aznan Hassan and MBPJ Corporate Communications director Haniza Abdul Hamid.
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