IPOH Timur MCA chief Tony Khoo hopes Perak government will continue giving out food boxes to the needy.
Khoo said with so many people impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and movement control order, the food boxes would help the poor get through this difficult time.
Khoo, who is also Ipoh City councillor, said through Ipoh Timur Barisan Nasional and MCA, they had distributed about 600 boxes since the start of the year.
“The food boxes are given out in conjunction with Chinese New Year, ” he said after distributing the items in Kampung Simee, Ipoh.
“I hope this assistance by the state will continue, ” he said, adding that the food boxes had rice, oil, flour, canned food and salt.
“We want to help as many people as we can, ” he added.
Khoo said the Ipoh Timur MCA division had a list of poor folk who required assistance.
“We will ensure that each household gets a box.
“The list is expanding, so we review it once every few months to ensure there is no duplication of applications.
“The respective village chiefs are identifying those who need help.
“Due to the pandemic, there are some whose businesses are affected while others have lost their jobs, ” he added.
Khoo said apart from Kampung Simee, other areas that benefited from the distribution programme were Pei Lok Apartment in Kampung Paloh, Jalan Bendahara, Tebing Tinggi, Pasir Pinji and Pasir Puteh.
He said in addition to the food boxes, other items such as face masks, face shields and ang pow packets were given out.