RT distributes Jalur Gemilang and food aid for National Day

Cheang (second left) and Thambyraja (right) with the residents after presenting them with Jalur Gemilang flags and food aid near Ayer Itam Market in Penang. — ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star

PEKAN Ayer Itam Rukun Tetangga (RT) in Penang gave out Jalur Gemilang and food aid to several residents in conjunction with the upcoming National Day celebration.

One of the recipients Lim Teik Leng, 68, said the essentials comprising dry food, flour, instant noodles and biscuits would come in handy at this time.

“I do not have a job and it is difficult to find one now.

“Before this, I would do odd jobs for some side income to support my family.

“I believe there would not be a grand National Day celebration this year due to the pandemic.

“It is best for us to stay home and stay safe,” he said.

Another recipient Chong Kee Chong, 86, said he was grateful to receive a bag of daily food items.

Chong said he had to stop selling clothes and bags in Ayer Itam due to the pandemic.

“I am too old to be working now so the food aid really comes at a right time.”

Pekan Ayer Itam RT chairman and former Ayer Itam assemblyman Cheang Chee Gooi, who was present to give out the aid, said the programme was held in collaboration with the northeast district state Information Department.“I hope this distribution of aid can at least help the local residents.

“Many small and medium-sized enterprises have been affected badly by the slow economy.

“Our National Day celebration in Penang will be held on a small scale as the number of Covid-19 cases is still high.

“We hope the locals will continue to remain strong as they uphold their spirit of patriotism during this pandemic,” he said.

One of the volunteers N. Thambyraja, 66, said a similar giveaway ceremony was held earlier for residents in Jalan Batu Jantan, Ayer Itam.

He said the next aid presentation would be organised by the Jalan Kedah RT for residents in the area on Wednesday.

At the launch of the National Month celebration and Fly the Jalur Gemilang campaign on Aug 7, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said all Malaysians should proudly fly the Jalur Gemilang as a sign of solidarity in the nation’s fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

This year’s National Day theme is Malaysia Prihatin (Malaysia Cares), which is the same as last year.

The country is celebrating its 64 years of independence this year.

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