IN LINE with making it a sustainable and Zero Hunger city, Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) has initiated a programme in aid of needy students from primary and secondary schools as well as institutions of higher learning to improve their nutrition and health.
“The initiative is to help the students, especially those from rural areas and low-income families, get adequate and nutritious food during the Covid-19 pandemic, ” acting Shah Alam mayor Mohd Rashidi Ruslan told StarMetro after chairing the council’s full board meeting.
He added that it was being carried out with the cooperation of the Selangor Education Department, district education office and Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM).
For the programme to be a success, the council recently donated RM60, 000 to 50 primary and secondary schools.
It also contributed RM150, 000 to UiTM to facilitate the Rezeki Kasih Kupon Prihatin UiTM project.
Mohd Rashidi said the initiative was in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through its “Leaving No One Behind” approach, which covers social, economic development and social justice issues.
He added that this took into account SDG1 which was to end poverty in all forms everywhere, SDG2 to end hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture, SDG3 to ensure healthy living and promote well-being for all ages and SDG11 to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
Mohd Rashidi said MBSA was operating with a staff of only 20% working in the office according to the standard operating procedure.
“Only staff from the Enforcement, Health, Licensing and Building departments are working at full capacity depending on the need during the pandemic.
“We urge all MBSA councillors and staff to adhere to the National Security Council’s SOP.
“We will also fully cooperate with the district Health Office and Land and District Office to constantly monitor the Covid-19 situation within the council’s jurisdiction, ” he added.