ALOR GAJAH: A villager has embarked on a donation drive to help his underprivileged neighbours in Kampung Tebat here celebrate Hari Raya after claiming they did not receive financial aid from the state government.
K. Murali Krishna, 50, said 18 families in the village were not financially capable of even buying new clothes for Hari Raya and he had collected such items from his friends in Kuala Lumpur and Seremban to give to them.
“I have lived here since the 1970s and my neighbours are the kindest people on earth.
“They don’t harbour any ill-intentions towards anyone and would offer 'teh-O' to visitors despite their hardship,” he said here Saturday (May 25).
Murali Krishna, who is also the chairman for Melaka Consumer Affairs and Environment Association, said his neighbours were supposed to be listed as recipients of the festive aid for the poor.
“They are in the B40 category and yet did not receive the festive aid.
“I am not rich either and I really hope someone helps make their Hari Raya more meaningful,” he said.
Murali Krishna said he had initiated the donation drive on Friday (May 24) after an 80-year-old neighbour asked him whether he had any used shoes to be given to her grandchildren for Hari Raya.
“I then asked my other neighbours and they shared their despair at not being able to celebrate Hari Raya without money as they were not listed as part of the recipients for Hari Raya aid.
“My neighbours are not foreigners and their families have been living here since before Independence.
“Please don’t ignore these poor souls,” he added.