Foundation hands out 250 food packages to the needy in Sarawak

Zulaihi handing over a festive hamper to one of the recipients at Kompleks Islam Sarawak in Kuching.

UNDERPRIVILEGED families in Sarawak received care packages from Yayasan PETRONAS in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebration.

The packages, which contained food items such as rice, cooking oil, sugar, flour, noodles, tea and cookies, were given under its Sentuhan Kasih festive programme.

Sarawak Deputy Premier Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian attended the recent ceremony to present care packages to 150 families at Kompleks Islam Sarawak in Kuching.

Also present were the state Women, Children and Community Well-being Ministry’s permanent secretary Noriah Ahmad, state Social Welfare Department director Adana Jed, Kuching Division Resident Fathi Hambali, Kuching Division social welfare officer Norhayati Abdul Rahman and PETRONAS Sarawak general manager Zulaihi Mantali.

Prior to that, Yayasan PETRONAS had distributed the packages to another 100 families through the Social Welfare Department.

Zulaihi said Yayasan PETRONAS had given out care packages to more than 2,000 families throughout Malaysia during Chinese New Year this year, including 250 recipients from Sarawak.

“The objective of our Sentuhan Kasih programme is to contribute staple food items or necessities to families who need a little extra support and care, in hopes that we can spread joy and warmth to their homes during this special occasion,” he said.

Each year, Yayasan PETRONAS contributes items to underprivileged communities for their basic needs and well-being in conjunction with major celebrations in Malaysia through the Sentuhan Kasih programme. — By SHARON LING

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