Council and firms join hands to help needy families

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

ABOUT 100 vulnerable families from three low-cost schemes in Ipoh received food supplies 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 at the council premises.

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

Rumaizi said Bonanza Venture Holdings alsogave an additional 150 boxes of necessities for the council to distribute to those affected by the pandemic.

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

“This is our second venture 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.

“There are many people who are unable to work during the lockdown,” 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.

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

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