Ipoh City Council, corporates join hands to provide relief

Rumaizi (in grey batik) and Tan (fourth from left) handing over food aid to those in need. — RONNIE CHIN/The Star

ABOUT 100 vulnerable families from three low-cost flats in Ipoh received essential food supplies and daily necessities during this lockdown.

The items provided were part of Ipoh City Council’s “MBI Prihatin” programme, which is a joint venture with private corporations.

Ipoh mayor Datuk Rumaizi Baharin said Bonanza Venture Holdings presented the 100 boxes this time.

“The boxes were handed over to representatives of Kinta Heights, Buntong Harmoni and Waller Court flats.

“Among the items presented were rice, cooking oil, flour, noodles, sugar, toothpaste, toothbrushes and shower gel, ” he told reporters after handing over the items to the representatives at the council’s premises last Thursday.

Also present was the company’s executive director of operations Edwin Tan.

Rumaizi said Bonanza Venture Holdings also presented an additional 150 boxes of necessities for the council to distribute to those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We have contributed about 750 food baskets to the needy since the lockdown, with the cooperation of private companies.

“This is our second collaboration with a private corporation, the first one being with Econsave hypermarket, ” he added.

He added that the council would continue to collaborate with private organisations and under the MBI Prihatin programme to assist those in need.

“There are many people who are unable to work during the lockdown, while daily wage earners are also affected badly, ” he said.

Furthermore, a one-month rental exemption for traders at food courts and the central market within the council’s jurisdiction has been announced.

Tan said besides the essential items, the company also provided soft toys for families with children. The Ipoh-based company has, in the past year, been supporting vulnerable families affected by the pandemic through various funding and volunteer initiatives.

“We are proud to continue this effort by working alongside the city council, ” he said.

“We are passionate about creating stronger communities and hope this contribution will provide some comfort.”

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