Needy schoolchildren given a two-hour shopping spree

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 29 Jan 2009

SUBANG JAYA: Muhammad Afis Jull Afran’s eyes lit up with delight as he went from aisle to aisle picking brand new stationery, a bag and uniform for school.

The 12-year-old was among nearly 100 underprivileged children from Zon 17 under the Selayang Municipal Council who were given a free shopping spree at the Mydin Hypermarket in USJ 1 yesterday.

Since Dec 28, the council has treated more than 300 children to a RM100 shopping voucher each which enables them to buy essential items.

“I am very happy because this is the first time I got the chance to shop for my school items by myself,” said the SK Taman student.

“I am looking forward to going back to school with my new school items,” Muhammad Afis said.

The children were visibly excited when they were given their own trolleys in the two-hour shopping spree. Some got help from parents and Mydin staff to choose items that they needed.

Council member Mohamad Abdul Rahman said this was the first time it was working with Mydin Muhamed Holdings Bhd and the Muslim Consumers Association of Malaysia in organising an event for needy children.

Association secretary Datuk Nadzim Johar said they hoped other big corporations would work with them to help the needy from other districts.

Mydin Muhamed Holdings Bhd managing director Datuk Ameer Ali Mydin said it was the company’s duty to help the needy.

On the boycott of American products started by the association, Nadzim said he had observed that fewer people were buying such merchandise since the move was mooted earlier this month.

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