‘Drive-through’ hamper giveaway eases burden


Mohd Tuah (right) handing over hampers and cash to women in his constituency. — Photos: ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star

NURAFIQAH Abdullah, who lost her job during the movement control order (MCO), breathed a sigh of relief when she received a food hamper.

The 27-year-old mother of three sons aged between two and six years old said the hamper would help lighten her burden for a few weeks.

“The food and dry items came just in time. I just lost my job as a shop assistant, ” she said.

Nurafiqah was one of 251 women who received hampers and cash to mark International Women’s Day.

The giveaway, held in front of the Titi Teras mosque in Balik Pulau, Penang on Sunday, was organised by the Pulau Betong constituency service centre.

Many recipients drove up in their motorcycles and cars to pick up the hampers and only those who lived nearby walked there.

Residents giving the thumbs up after receiving hampers in  conjunction with International Women’s Day celebration near Titi Teras mosque in Balik Pulau, Penang.Residents giving the thumbs up after receiving hampers in conjunction with International Women’s Day celebration near Titi Teras mosque in Balik Pulau, Penang.

Octogenarian Halijah Abdul Rahim, 82, who lived just across the mosque, was spotted waiting in line for her hamper.

“The food is for my son and me and will tide us over for a month. Our monthly income is limited, ” she said.

State social development committee chairman Chong Eng said the state recognised the importance of women.

“I am happy the Pulau Betong constituency has fulfilled its 30% requirement for women in all village community management councils.

“The increased representation will lead to more voices of women being heard.”

Pulau Betong assemblyman Mohd Tuah Ismail said he initiated the ‘drive-through’ approach to reduce human contact.

“They can come in their cars and motorcycles and we will pass the hamper and cash to them at the ‘drive-through’ counter, ” he said.

Also present were Penang Women’s Development Corporation chief executive officer Ong Bee Leng and Penang Island City councillor Edward Tan.

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