PASIR Gudang MCA and Umno are aiming to help more than 1,500 families in Pasir Gudang, Johor, every month through its food aid delivery programme.
Pasir Gudang MCA Wanita chief Chan San San said to date, they had helped close to 3,000 families since the National Recovery Plan (NRP) was implemented in June.
“This is one of our collaborative efforts with Pasir Gudang Umno to help those in need during the NRP.
“Each week, we organise a food aid delivery to the needy, regardless of their race and religion, within the Pasir Gudang constituency,” she said.
She added that her group delivered at least 300 food baskets each week to locations in Pasir Gudang.
“Our food basket is a bit more versatile as we provide items based on what recipients need.
“All they have to do is send a list of things they require to their community chief and we will send the items to them,” said Chan, adding that these included fresh produce, adult and baby diapers as well as baby formula.
Meanwhile, Pasir Gudang Umno Youth deputy chief Mohd Khairul Azlan Sulong said MCA and Umno allocated about RM15,000 every month to buy necessities for those in need.
“The first phase of our food aid delivery initiative was at traditional villages in Pasir Gudang, including Orang Asli villages, before expanding it to those living in people’s housing projects (PPR) and other residential areas.
“There is no criteria for recipients as the food baskets are given to anyone in need.
“All they have to do is alert their community leaders on the necessities required or directly contact us through our social media platform,” he said, stressing that no one would be left out.
Mohd Khairul said the party welcomed the participation of non-governmental organisations and the private sector who were eager to lend a hand or donate goods.
“There are some households where food aid is sent twice a month because they are in dire need of help.
“So, if we can get help from other organisations, we can then provide a more stable supply of necessities to families who are in a dire situation,” he added.