About 100 packs of foodstuff were distributed to needy families at PKNS flats in Section 17, Petaling Jaya as part of a six-month food aid programme.
Organised by Petaling Jaya MCA Youth, the programme is aimed at helping residents who are affected by the movement control order (MCO) following the Covid-19 outbreak.
“Many people in Petaling Jaya were badly hit by the pandemic, with many losing their jobs or sources of income and still recovering from restrictions imposed during the MCO,” said Petaling Jaya MCA Youth chairman Anson Lim Han Boon.
“We hope to help the needy as much as possible, starting with residents here who are from the low-income B40 community, including single mothers, the disabled and senior citizens.
“This is our third time distributing food to residents here as we had given out fresh items like fish and vegetables earlier.”
He added that volunteers had worked tirelessly to provide food aid to more than 3,000 needy families all over Petaling Jaya throughout that period.
“We will continue this initiative for the next six months, until January next year. We aim to reach more than 1,000 families across Petaling Jaya,” said Petaling Jaya MCA secretary Chew Hian Tat.
“Despite the loosening of some restrictions, many people are still in need of help throughout this difficult recovery period.
“We welcome any contributions from the public in helping us reach as many needy communities as possible, regardless of race or religion,” said Chew.
Rukun Tetangga Section 17C chairman Syaiful Rais Taslim was grateful for the timely contribution as many residents were still struggling to bounce back from the effects of the pandemic.
“I want to thank Petaling Jaya MCA on behalf of the residents here for their continuous support of our underprivileged community whose needs are often neglected.“This is the largest donation we have received and it will reach about 80% of the residents here,” Syaiful said, adding that he was pleased that the food aid would provide needy residents with some food security over the next few months.
He added that Petaling Jaya MCA Youth had previously helped residents by providing 20 large outdoor rubbish bins.
The bins were placed in the back lane of the flats to keep rubbish from being strewn everywhere.
Also present at the event were Petaling Jaya Umno deputy chairman Jamaluddin Razali and former Petaling Jaya Umno Youth chairman Ridzwan Mahyudin.