Looking out for health of urban poor

  • Metro News
  • Tuesday, 03 Mar 2020

Khalid (in grey) interacting with children at the toy library in Seri Perak while Prabakaran (in white) looks on. — MUHD SHAHRIL ROSLI/The Star

SERI Perak public housing (PA) residents can now benefit from health-related and nutritional programmes at their doorstep.

Conducted under the Kita or “Komuniti ini Tanggungjawab Anda” initative, the campaign aims to expose PA residents to

various aspects of maintaining a balanced and healthy lifestyle as this is especially crucial for the physical and mental development of children living there.

The campaign was jointly organised by Sentul Raya Sdn Bhd (SRSB) in collaboration with the Federal Territories Ministry,

Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), YTL Foundation and the police.

A total of RM800,000 has been set aside for Kita programmes.

“Kita is part of the Wilayah Peduli initiative by the Federal Territories Ministry which was launched last year to ensure the welfare and well-being of the B40 group is taken care of.

“The campaign is a holistic programme that emphasises community spirit, ” said then Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad in his speech at the launch.

SRSB and YTL Foundation had also launched the Creative Learning and IT Centre (CLiC) and English @ CLiC respectively, in collaboration with DBKL and the Education Ministry in 2014 and 2015.

Through the CLiC programme, the Urban Transformation

Centre (UTC) Sentul library was upgraded and equipped with IT facilities such as Chromebook computers.

It will be extended to Seri Perak residents as part of the Kita Campaign by offering English, Maths, Mandarin, music programmes and IT classes.

Khalid also launched “Ruang Kita”, a multipurpose hall that was renovated and transformed by SRSB into a “hub” for residents of Seri Perak as well as a toy library for children.

Ruang Kita will be used to host various activities for residents.

YTL Foundation programme director Datin Kathleen Chew said the health-centric programmes follow a Unicef report on urban child poverty in low-cost flats in Kuala Lumpur.

“Stunting is on the rise and in Malaysia, it is actually worse now compared to 30 years ago.

“So, it is vital for the residents here, especially mothers, to know about the importance of balanced nutrients for their children’s growth.

“The 1,000-day programmes will be targeted at adults to educate parents on the proper nourishment needed for their children’s growth, ” she said.

Also present were KL mayor Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan, Batu MP P. Prabakaran and YTL Cement Sdn Bhd managing director Datuk Seri Michael Yeoh.

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