Eatery owner dishes out free food to those in need

Social work: Moganasundram distributing food to the poor in Nibong Tebal. — Bernama

NIBONG TEBAL: Realising the plight of those hard-hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, a restaurant operator is taking the initiative to help those in need by offering free food.

Owner of Big Boss Banana Leaf Restaurant, M. Moganasundram, 37, is offering 100 packs of rice and side dishes daily until Jan 26, which is the last day of the movement control order.

“If the MCO is extended, we will continue to do it. In fact, we have been doing this since the MCO was first implemented to alleviate the burden of those affected by the pandemic, ” he said when met at his restaurant in Jalan Ooi Kar Seng here on Monday.

His workers prepare the food from 3pm to 5pm and then pack it for distribution at 6pm.

“Normally, we change the menu for the side dishes every day. The menu includes white rice, egg in sambal, fried fish, chicken, vegetables and gravy, ” he said.

Moganasundram, who employs 12 workers at his restaurant, said he set aside 10kg of rice, 100 fish, 100 eggs, 100 pieces of chicken and vegetables every day for the free food.

“For me, money is not a priority. Instead, doing good to fellow human beings is, because there are still those who are not as fortunate and living in poverty, ” he said.

Housewife, D. Puspamalar, 51, said Moganasundram’s initiative should be praised because there were many unfortunate people who need help.

“This effort should be continued because many people are not able to work and have no income. They need help, ” she said.

Goh Cheng Weng, 65, who lives alone, said he would get free meals from the restaurant sometimes.

“Sometimes, Moganasundram calls me to his shop, where he gives me free food. He knows I live alone and I am poor, ” he said. — Bernama

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