ABOUT 500 needy folk from the Ashby Flats in Ipoh received foodstuff from Perak MCA to lighten their burden during the movement control order.
Perak MCA public service and complaints chief Low Guo Nam said the foodstuff, which included rice, flour, cooking oil, sugar and dates, were donated by a Good Samaritan from Kuala Lumpur.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted a lot of people, especially the B40 group.
“A friend from Kuala Lumpur told me that he had foodstuff to give away and wanted to give them to those in need, ” said Low during the presentation ceremony at the flats’ community hall.
“I checked with Ipoh Barat Umno and was told that there were many needy folk at the flats, which was why we decided to donate to the residents here.”
Low said the flats’ committee compiled a list of names and decided on distributing the
foodstuff to those who needed it most.
“There are 12 blocks here and the respective representatives will distribute it accordingly.
“Since it is Hari Raya Aidilfitri, some of them will need to stock up for the celebrations, ” he added.
Trader Zeenathunisah Abdul Latiff, who received the groceries on behalf of her block, said residents received a lot of help and donations from non-governmental organisations as well as political parties.
“We have been getting aid, including food necessities since the pandemic started.
“We distribute them in such a way so everyone gets something but not everyone gets a donation each time, ” said Zeenathunisah, who is in her 30s.
“Only those who truly need the aid will get it.”
Ipoh Barat Umno chief Datuk Shamsuddin Abdul Ghaffar was also present to hand over the groceries to residents.
Food items were also given to representatives of Kampung Kepayang and Kampung Tasek.