SOME 70 disadvantaged households each in the Bukit Bintang and Cheras parliamentary constituencies will receive food aid from the Rotary Club of Pudu.
Its president Elaine Tan said the club embarked on the initiative in view of the rising number of poor in the city because of economic uncertainties.
She said the club was working closely with several elected representatives, who would be better at identifying deserving recipients in their respective constituencies.
“These first 140 boxes today are part of the 300 we have prepared for the constituencies.
“We hope the aid can lighten the burden of those financially affected by the Covid-19 pandemic,” she said when met in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.
Elaine added that the club had organised a similar contribution for the Lembah Pantai parliamentary and Lembah Jaya state constituencies.
Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun, who was present, thanked the club for the contribution and pledged to distribute the boxes soon.
He said his parliamentary office had been working to identify needy families, especially those in low-cost flats.
“We will distribute the boxes that we get from the club to some residents at the Hang Tuah Public Housing (PA).
“We will get in touch with the residents association there to get a list of deserving recipients,” he said.
At another event, Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai said the aid was timely and would be distributed soon.
He estimated that there were some 6,000 low-cost flats units in the constituency, with the bulk of them being people’s housing projects (PPR) and PA.
“There are also several old folks homes and orphanages operating here.
“They are facing financial hardship due to fewer donors and volunteers these days,” he added.
Kok Wai pledged to provide aid to anyone who needed it.
He said his office would get the list of qualified recipients from the local community leaders.
Also present at both events was the club’s honorary secretary Mike Tung. — By FARID WAHAB