Iskandar Puteri City Council (MBIP) has granted RM230,000 to 23 councillors as part of its food aid and necessities donation programme to help people who have been financially impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
MBIP mayor Datuk Mohd Haffiz Ahmad (pic) said the funds would be distributed through Iskandar Puteri Penyayang Foundation, which was established to assist impoverished families and people with disabilities in the city.
“This is part of our endeavour to help those in need with the goal of recovering our socio-economic status.
“Each councillor will be getting RM10,000 which will be used to buy food for poor families or any other essentials they may need,” he said.
Mohd Haffiz added that MBIP had allotted more than RM10mil which would be used to run some of the initiatives next year and help improve the local economy and those affected by the pandemic.
“We plan to introduce some initiatives to help people cope during the recovery period, including additional equipment at vaccination centres (PPVs) and mobile vaccination centres.
“We will also set up public disinfection services around MBIP, Indoor Air Quality Assessments (IAQ) service, gadget aid for students from poor families, parking fee exemptions and petty traders licence fee exemption,” he said.
Mohd Haffiz added that the city council would purchase chemicals for disinfection, Covid-19 personal protective equipment (PPE) and Covid-19 self-test kits.
Meanwhile, MBIP whip chief Ya’cob Atan thanked the mayor for giving councillors a chance to help poor families in their areas.
“The aid is not only given to the poor, but also to those who have lost their source of income and those undergoing quarantine,” he said.He added that the city council would introduce the Smart City Task Force that would work alongside local councils from other states, in sharing their views and plans to create a sustainable development.
“One of our target partners is Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), where we hope to bring any related sustainable developments that we can emulate to Iskandar Puteri.
“This is also in line with the council’s conference visit to Doha, Qatar, for the International Smart City Conference in November this year,” he concluded.