JAMBATAN Kedua Sdn Bhd (JKSB) has given out health support and essential items worth RM16,000 to 30 needy families in Penang.
Its chief executive officer Faisal Shahbudin said among the items were mattresses, walking sticks, wheelchairs, formulated milk powder and adult diapers.
He said the families were listed under the National Poverty Data Bank system (eKasih).
“The presentation is part of our corporate social responsibility. It is an initiative carried out with the Government’s Implementation Coordination Unit (ICU).
“We feel for them as there are some families with several generations and extended family members living under one roof.
“They struggle to cope with many things, be they economic, health and mobility factors.
“Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there was rising unemployment.
“We reached out to Penang’s ICU for the needed data and this collaboration is important to ensure that the less fortunate are well taken care of,” he said after handing over the aid to Penang State Development director Datuk Azman Ibrahim at the JKSB office in Batu Kawan recently.
Azman said records showed that there were 21,617 people registered with eKasih in Penang, with 12,527 of them listed as poor and 9,090 of them being hardcore poor.
“Among the aims of the 12th Malaysia Plan is to eradicate hardcore poverty and bridge the income gap.
“We hope to achieve zero hardcore poverty by year 2025.
“For Budget 2022, the government has allocated RM1bil to eradicate hardcore poverty,” he said.
Present to witness the handover was Penang state secretary Datuk Seri Abdul Razak Jaafar.