900 families given food baskets in Klang

A couple collecting their food basket during the distribution at SM Agama Batu Belah in Kampung Batu Belah, Klang. ─ CHAN TAK KONG/The Star

GRATITUDE filled the hearts of 900 low-income families as they were given food baskets to help them get through difficult times.

Housewife Azizah Mohd Ali, 34, who was among recipients of the food basket, said it warmed her heart knowing that Malaysians cared for one another during this tough period brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“This helps me to put food on the table. Times are hard but there is hope.

“People can complain about the pandemic, restrictions imposed and limited job opportunities. But we must be thankful for what we have, ” she said.

Azizah, a mother of one, said she was grateful that her husband still had a job as a technician.

Wong Choe Chun, 65, a wireman whose house was partially razed in a fire last Thursday, said it was because of community support like the food basket aid that he could make it through hard times.

“I am thankful for the dry provisions, ” said the father of three.

Contractor Mohd Fauzi Zakaria, 37, said his earnings had dwindled as he could not find work.

“Our livelihoods have been affected due to the pandemic.

“It is difficult to make ends meet but with strong resolve, most people are eking out a living.

“When food baskets are given out, it is a tremendous help and we are thankful, ” said the father of a one-year-old child.

Kampung Batu Belah Village Community Management Council coordinator Paramsivam Subramaniam, 60, said the food baskets contained 5kg of rice, cooking oil, instant noodles, 30 eggs and sugar.

“A total of 200 food baskets were distributed in Kampung Batu Belah.

“For senior citizens who were unable to be at the distribution point, we delivered the aid to their homes, ” he said at SM Agama Batu Belah in Klang.

Klang Municipal Council (MPK) councillor Dr Quah Perng Fei said the food basket distribution was held at four locations that covered Kampung Batu Belah, Pangsapuri Mawar/Cempaka in Bandar Baru Klang, Pangsapuri Permai in Bukit Kuda and Dewan Teluk Pulai, benefitting 900 families.

“Each day, many families struggle to make ends meet as some have lost their jobs.

“Others find the price of vegetables, fish and meat out of their reach.

“We need to have a wholesale farmers market that sells vegetables and meat at reduced prices to help middle-income and B40 families, ” he said.

MPK councillor Francis Gan said it was essential to hold food basket giveaways for the B40 group.

“Companies that are doing well should contribute to the campaign. Every kind act from the public counts, ” he added.

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