Councillor uses soft approach to understand people’s challenges

Che Wan Farid presenting a food box to a needy recipient. He says that he also makes it a point to listen and engage with residents.

A LOCAL councillor from the Iskandar Puteri City Council (MBIP), while distributing aid to the community, is taking the opportunity to check on people’s well-being and mental health.

Bukit Indah zone local councillor Che Wan Farid Che Wan Abd Rahman said recent reports of suicide was a cause for concern that has led him to take a softer approach when visiting residents.

“I make it a point to engage with residents and listen to their grouses and concerns when distributing food or financial assistance.

“I believe that people from all walks of life, regardless of their race or beliefs, are facing different challenges, especially as we navigate through Phase One of the National Recovery Plan.

“I have come across many residents, especially from the older generation, who are facing heavy financial hardship and stress because their children are unable to enter Singapore for work due to the border closure.

“I also met an 82-year-old senior citizen who said he felt sorry for himself because his children were planning to send him off to an old folks home,” he said when interviewed.

Che Wan Farid added that it was sad that such things were happening, especially in his area, so he tries his best to check on residents as well as campaign against suicide.

“It shows how much is weighing on people’s minds during the pandemic and as citizens, we should be more caring towards each other including our family members and neighbours,” he said.

Posts on mental health and free counselling channels are made known via his Facebook page CW Farid – AM Bandaraya Iskandar Puteri for those who might need help.

“With my limited knowledge, I am also more than happy to speak to anyone in the Pulai area who needs advice, support or just some words of encouragement.

“They can reach me by calling or sending a message via 012-798 3567 (WhatsApp),” he said, adding that families or individuals in need of food aid could also get in touch with him for assistance.

Che Wan Farid added that he was also actively holding Covid-19 vaccination drives to get the public to sign up for the Covid-19 National Immunisation Programme.

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