KUALA LUMPUR: Giggles and chatter filled the air as the 42 children – aged six to 14 years – browsed through the multitude of colourful baju raya (clothes for Hari Raya).
Baju kurung and Baju Melayu were taken off the racks and scrutinised before the discerning children finally decided on the ones they would wear for Hari Raya. The boys also went for the kain samping and songkok.
The children, who were treated to a shopping spree by the Puteri Umno Wangsa Maju division, spent more than three hours at the Jaya Jusco outlet at the Alpha Angle shopping centre.
Each primary school child was allotted RM200 for the shopping while the secondary school children was given RM250 each. On top of that, each child received duit raya of RM30 each and an investment-link insurance account valued at RM124.
Jaya Jusco also gave out duit raya and goodie bags to their young shoppers, who are either orphans or from destitute families.
With the help of the 21 “big sisters” from Puteri Umno, the children had a field day choosing clothes, shoes and school uniforms.
“Of course, I'm having fun today. We don't get to go shopping often; only once a year for clothes during Hari Raya,” said 10-year old Qurnia Abu Bakar.
Her brother, Taufiq, 12, said he would save his duit raya and visit relatives during the festive season.
“It is really great today because I got free baju raya. I would like to get another treat like this next year,” he said.
Nor Hafiza Fithal, 14, who was pleased with her green baju kurung said that she would be wearing it on the first day of Hari Raya. “I'm going to save my duit raya and help my mother.”
Mohd Faris Hussein, 11, said he would be spending his duit raya on sparklers. ”It is fun that we got new clothes today since I only get it once a year.”
Puteri Umno Federal Territory vice chief and Wangsa Maju division head Ismalina Ismail said this was the third straight year that the division was sponsoring such a cause.
“We told our members to go to their branches and look for children who needed help. This is the biggest group sponsored so far.
“The money was given by benefactors. And we decided to give them savings accounts because we want them to cultivate the saving habit,” she said.