Free food for frontliners and needy

  • Metro News
  • Wednesday, 25 Mar 2020

Staff members of a nasi kandar chain distributing free food packs to medical staff at Seberang Jaya Hospital.

EATERIES in Penang are doing their bit to help frontliners who are working tirelessly to protect the people during the movement control order (MCO) by preparing free food and drinks for them.

A nasi kandar chain has invited all government uniformed personnel on duty during the MCO to visit their eateries and pick up rice packets and iced lemon tea on the house.

Its chief executive officer Datuk Sihabutheen Kirudu Mohamed said this was their way of giving thanks to the frontliners.

“We want to ease the burden of the frontliners who may find it difficult to get food.

“They can drop by our nearest outlet and collect the food packs.

“All they need to do is show their identification card and that they are a frontliner.

“This is a difficult moment for all of us and we must ease their burden, it’s the least we can do,” he said, adding that the restaurant was also delivering free food to personnel at local hospitals and health clinics.

A company representative giving out free food in Alma, Bukit Mertajam.A company representative giving out free food in Alma, Bukit Mertajam.

Meanwhile, a pasembur outlet here has gone out of its way to give out free food not only to the frontliners, but to the homeless as well.

Its director Rais Ahmad Mohd Hussain said he started giving out food from March 19.

“The homeless do not have access to food or money.

“We must look out for them and we have been delivering food and water since the MCO started.

“We are also looking for masks and sanitisers to give them as they need to be looked after.

“We are also delivering food to the police, volunteers, hospitals, council workers and delivery riders as we want to make sure they have food as well.

“So far, we have been giving out 300 packs of food and water but we will be increasing it to 400 soon,” he said, adding that the free food and drinks would be given out until March 31, when the MCO is supposed to end.

Company chief executive officer S.K. Sundram, who is in the food industry, said they have been giving out 1,000 packets of free food and water bottles each day since the MCO was announced.

“There are many needy families in the Bukit Mertajam area.

“We know of them as some of these people work for us.

“The Alma area where our factory is located has many B40 income families and the MCO will definitely disrupt their lives.

“We understand that during the MCO many people may not have their daily income and the least we can do is to help out in this way.

“We hope to carry on with this gesture till March 31,” he said.

Other fast food outlets have also embarked on efforts to give away free food to those in the frontline.

The public are also showing their gratitude with one post on social media showing a group of people dropping off 200 coconut jelly packs at the Beach Street police station here.

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