B40 families get RM300 back-to-school aid from MBPJ

Mohamad Zahri (back row, showing thumbs-up sign) with some of the 60 families taking part in the event at Mydin Subang Jaya. — ART CHEN/The Star

VOUCHERS worth RM300 were given to 60 B40 families in a programme organised by Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ).

“Jom Shopping Back To School 2024”, held at Mydin Subang Jaya hypermarket, aimed to assist families in preparing for the upcoming school year, said Petaling Jaya mayor Mohamad Zahri Samingon.

He emphasised the importance of alleviating the financial burden faced by these families, especially those with multiple schoolgoing children.

“The increase to RM300 from RM150 is in response to rising prices,” he said, adding that the aid to purchase school supplies such as uniforms, shoes and stationery, was to ensure these children had access to tools they needed to succeed academically.

Mohamad Zahri highlighted the significance of such initiatives in fostering educational opportunities and preventing children from being marginalised due to financial constraints.

This effort, under the Urban Poverty Eradication Programme (PPKB), reflected MBPJ’s commitment to addressing social welfare issues in the community, he said.

It also aligns with the objectives of First Selangor Plan (RS-1), particularly in enhancing targeted social welfare support for vulnerable groups, he noted.

“Additionally, it contributes to Petaling Jaya’s Child-Friendly City initiative by promoting children’s rights to education.”

“The recipients are registered residents under eKasih, involving Kota Damansara People’s Housing Programme (PPR), Lembah Subang PPR, Petaling Jaya Selatan and Desa Mentari,” added Mohamad Zahri.

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