HOUSEWIFE A. Vasanthi, 38, received a timely grocery aid from the Community Policing Malaysia Penang Charity Team.
She has been rationing her food to bolster the impact of the movement control order (MCO) enforced since last month.
“My husband, a despatch clerk, is the sole breadwinner with a RM1,300 monthly income.
“But since the MCO began, there was no income as he was not required to work.
“Time is hard for us as we try to get by each day with help from my husband’s friends and our neighbours, ” she said when met at her flat at Sun Moon City in Paya Terubong on Monday.
Vasanthi, a housewife, has to care for their three children aged between two and nine.
One of them is a special child, which requires her full attention.
“I had thought of going out to earn some income earlier but it was just impossible for me to leave the house.
“My seven-year-old son contracted a virus which affected his brain since young. He lies down all the time.
“I need to be home to care for him when my husband is at work.
“For now, we hope this aid could last us until the end of the MCO, which is in a week’s time.
“We are truly thankful to the community police team for their aid, and for taking time to send us these items, ” she said.
Vasanthi was among 70 families who received the grocery aid from the charity team.
Each family received a pack of rice, cooking oil, bread, instant noodles and face mask.
Another flat resident, construction worker Lee Eng Hock, 48, said he was grateful for the aid as his family had been enduring hard times.
“I am currently out of a job as there are no ongoing construction projects.
“As a daily wage earner, I have been without an income for a month now and my wife is the only one working.
“She helps out at a bakery in Ayer Itam, earning RM800 a month and we still have to take care of our five-year-old boy, ” he said.
Community Policing Malaysia’s Ayer Itam Charity Team chairman Lim Teik Aun said the aid was given out to needy and underprivileged families hit hard by the MCO.
“We work with the state Welfare Department to locate the families, and decided to supply them with some essentials to help them get through the MCO.
“Many of them are from the low-income group, and with the MCO ongoing for almost a month now, many are not earning enough to support themselves.
“So we want to help them with the funds we obtained through the Community Policing Malaysia Penang Charity Team’s members and communal contacts.
“Some are items that we obtained directly from kind-hearted people, ” he said during an operation with 22 other community police members to hand out the aid to the families.
Community Policing Malaysia’s Ayer Itam Charity Team vice-
chairman Kenny Koe said since March 20, they have sent out grocery aid to over 900 families on the island.
“We have previously visited areas like Taman Free School, Komtar, Padang Tembak, Tanjung Tokong and Mount Erskine to give out aid to the families there.”
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