Jiwa Prihatin Welfare Association is calling for more local non-governmental organisations (NGO) in Johor to help channel food aid and donations to those in need during the lockdown.
Association chairman Datuk Tan Lek Khang said NGOs played a crucial role in helping the needy, aside from bridging gaps between the government and the people.
“Every NGO must play a role and help the needy, especially in channelling government aid.
“NGOs represent different groups so they can help ensure that aid reaches a wider group of recipients,” he told StarMetro.
Tan said NGOs not only played a role to help ease the suffering of the less fortunate but they also ensured that people were not left out.
He said that to date, the association had given food aid to more than 1,000 families in Kota Tinggi, including victims of a flash flood incident earlier this year.
“The food aid is not specifically given to only those in the B40 group but also some in the M40 category,” Tan explained.
He said besides working together, NGOs should also work closely with Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs) to identify students who require multimedia gadgets for home-based Learning and Teaching (PdPR).
“This is another form of assistance that NGOs can look into, so that no student is left out when studying from home during the stricter phases of the National Recovery Plan.
“We can arrange for the items to be given directly to needy students through the PTAs,” he said, adding that this would help resolve issues of students having to share such gadgets with their siblings.
Jalan Kedidi Pasir Gudang Residents Committee member Hairul Nizam Jamil said all residents committees should play an active role in looking out for neighbours in need of urgent assistance.
“There are instances where some are embarrassed to seek help or don’t know how to get help.”
He said to address the issue, the committee set up a food bank using donations from residents in the Jalan Kedidi area.
“We have about 500 families living in the area and 45 lost their source of income because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We are also working with residents committees from other areas to make sure that all food banks have enough supply for the needy,” said Hairul, reiterating that the items were donated by residents.