Mother of three, Nor Aishah Osman eagerly looks forward to the second-hand goods bazaar whenever it is held at PPR Lembang Subang 1 in Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
“Our monthly income is limited, especially after the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We need to prioritise essential goods. Buying household appliances comes second and only when we have money to spare,” she said.
She was one of the many residents of the people’s housing project (PPR) who made a beeline for the event dubbed “Bazar Kongsi”.
Organised by Petaling Jaya MP Maria Chin Abdullah’s office, it was held in conjunction with an ongoing food aid programme.
“I have been a volunteer since 2018 when the food aid programme began,” said Nor Aishah.
Senior citizen Sabariah Kamarudin said the increase in the prices of essential goods had affected many people, especially those with large families and the disabled.
“The food aid has helped us cope, and the addition of this programme has further eased our burden.”
Maria noted that because of Covid-19, residents from the B40 group were struggling even more.
“There are people here who earn only RM500 per month, which is not enough to sustain them.
“Therefore, we want to help not only with food but also things like household appliances.
“We have received many donated items that are still in good condition,” she added.
Maria thanked all those who supported the programme by donating items to help ease the burden of those in need, especially single mothers and those with small children.
The items at the bazaar included electrical goods, furniture, accessories and clothing.
The programme was held at Dewan Blok C, PPR Lembah Subang 1 in conjunction with the food aid programme that started in 2018.
The food aid programme is held once every two weeks on a rotation basis at the PPR’s eight blocks.
“Bazar Kongsi” which started in 2021 is held five to six times in a year.