SOME 1,000 underprivileged families in Kepala Batas, Penang, can now look forward to a brighter Hari Raya as they now have food stocked up at home.
Thanks to Philip Morris Malaysia through non-profit organisation Yayasan Salam Malaysia, the B40 families each received RM100 worth of food packages.
Philip Morris Malaysia managing director Naeem Shahab Khan said the initiative was to alleviate burdens of low-income families who were hit hard by the pandemic.
“We hope this food aid will bring festive cheer as Ramadan is about giving and sharing, ” he said.
Naeem added that the recipients were among pockets of people who had been marginalised.
“While the government’s relief programmes have alleviated challenges faced by the needy, there are many more we can help.
“Prices of food tend to increase during festivals, burdening families.
“Now with a complete package of food, they can celebrate with joy, ” he said in his speech at Sek Ren Agama Daeratul Ma’arifil Wataniah in Kepala Batas recently.
Present to hand out the food aid was Kepala Batas MP Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican.
He was accompanied by Yayasan Salam Malaysia chairman Datuk Mior Kamarulbaid Mior Shahid.
Besides the food, the donors also contributed personal protection equipment to five hospitals.
To add joy to locals, Reezal announced a RM600,000 allocation to construct an open hall which may be used for future events.