137 selected for food and delivery service

Zaiton (right) at an event where a Jopac sticker was placed on a food truck. The programme was created especially for those in the B40 category as well as those who had recently lost their jobs. — Filepic

JOHOR BARU: The Darul Takzim Family Development Foundation (YPKDT) has selected a total of 137 people for the second phase of the Johor Packet Food and Delivery Services (Jopac).

Johor women, family and community development committee chairman Zaiton Ismail said the appointment would be made throughout the state starting in Sungai Balang, Muar early next year.

“The programme was first introduced in May as an initiative by the state government to help those running home-based businesses who faced difficulties due to the Covid-19 pandemic and those who had recently lost their jobs.

“The second phase was scheduled to follow-up soon after but was postponed due to the increasing number of Covid-19 cases.

“We expect the programmes to start again when everything is under control, ” she said when contacted.

Zaiton explained that the programme was conducted in phases to see and study its effectiveness before introducing it to the masses.

She added that the Jopac programme allowed its operators to appoint one of their family members to deliver the goods while the rest prepared the food.

Jopac works much like any other food delivery service but was created especially for those in the B40 category as well as those who had recently lost their jobs.

“Those who have small businesses or are home-based businesses who wish to deliver their product could also contact any of our operators, ” she said, adding that to date, 187 Jopac operators were operating state-wide.

Meanwhile, Zaiton said that Johor’s “Cari Orang Memerlukan Bantuan” or Look for Those Requiring Assistance (Comb) programme would focus on helping recipients find ways to gain extra income.

“The Comb programme offers some financial aid from the government but we also want to ensure that each receiver can help themselves by venturing into entrepreneurship activities that can give them a side income.

“For example, help will be given to any single mother who has the skills but lacks the equipment to run a business, ” she said.

The programme would be headed by the state Welfare Department and focus on helping low-income earners, people with disabilities, the elderly and single mothers in the B40 group.

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