KOTA BARU (Bernama): A goldsmith here gave hundreds of motorists a pleasant surprise by giving away 1.2 tonnes of durians in a drive-through distribution in Pasir Pekan here Saturday (July 24).
MZ Gold chief executive officer Murtadhatumizi Mustapha said various varieties of durians, including durian kampung, Musang King and Tok Litok, were given free to some 700 people.
Each motorist was given two or three durian, depending on the size, during the one-hour distribution event.
"Durian is quite expensive so I decided to share a bit with others, especially to cheer up those whose income has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
"There are those who want to enjoy durian but can’t afford it, especially the premium variety,” he told reporters when met at Pasir Pekan Saturday.
Murtadhatumizi said he bought the durians from seven suppliers in Dabong, Kuala Krai, for more than RM7,000.
"The distribution will also indirectly help suppliers who find it difficult to market their produce.
"Insya-Allah, this free durian initiative will be expanded to other areas around Kota Baru if there is supply,” he said.
A recipient, Ahmad Farid Awang Rani, 37, from Kampung Bharu, Pasir Pekan, said he last ate durian two weeks ago when he bought the king of fruits at RM7 per kilogramme.
"The free durians will cheer up those who couldn’t afford it. As a lorry driver, I can only buy them when I have spare cash to treat my family,” the father of four said. - Bernama