A SMALL appreciation ceremony was held for more than 180 Penang Island City Council (MBPP) workers.
The event at Astaka Kampung Baharu in Ayer Itam was to thank the council workers tasked with duties within the Ayer Itam and Air Putih areas.
This is the third time the event was held.
During the ceremony, each council worker was presented with a hamper filled with essential items and a meal packet.
Ayer Itam assemblyman Joseph Ng said the ceremony focused on takeaway items as they wanted the event to be quick and discreet due to the pandemic.
“We kept the ceremony simple this year. In the past, the workers could gather and socialise.
“In 2018, we organised a luncheon and last year, we held the ceremony at a fast-food restaurant.
“The purpose of this annual tradition is to express our gratitude to the council workers for their hard work.
“Without them, our community and living space would not be this clean and conducive, ” he said during a press conference at the ceremony.
Ng said since council workers were also frontliners dealing with the pandemic, he hoped that the public would be aware of their hard work.
“I want their contributions to be recognised.
“I hope that all council workers will stay safe and keep themselves healthy while performing their duties, ” he added.