Flats residents thankful for food aid


Helping hand: Wong handing over a bag of rice to a resident of Ashby Flats in Ipoh. Also there to distribute food items is the NGO’s president, Vincent Mok (third from left). — RONNIE CHIN/The Star

IPOH: Housewife Mardeah Rashid broke down in tears as she received foodstuff donated by charitable body Pertubuhan Amal Ai Xin Fan Tong Ipoh.

Touched by the act of kindness, the 55-year-old mother of three said her 67-year-old husband had been unable to work due to vision problems.

“My children are working but it’s just enough for the family. I hope the NGO will have more donations in the future, ” she said during the distribution of food items to residents at Ashby Flats in Greentown here yesterday.

Another housewife, who only wanted to be known as Kalaichelvi, felt relieved.

“My husband passed away years ago while my two children are working. We can still get by but the additional ration is most welcome.

“The rice can last us for about a month and will definitely help lessen some of my family’s burden, ” said the 56-year-old.

Pertubuhan Amal Ai Xin Fan Tong adviser Kathleen Wong said it had prepared items such as rice, biscuits, cooking oil, instant noodles and sparkling juice for 400 recipients.

“The recipients were determined by the flats’ committee. We didn’t set conditions. As long as the families needed help they would receive it, ” she said.

Wong said the request to help the residents had come during a recent distribution of packed rice to the Chinese folk there.

“Our NGO runs a soup kitchen and delivers packed rice to needy folk.

“Because our meals are non-halal, we decided to distribute the bags of rice and other foodstuffs instead, ” she said.

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