KANGAR: A cycling programme run by the Perlis Islamic Religious and Malay Customs Council (MAIPs) can be used as a model to overcome social deficit in society.
Secretary-general of the National Unity Ministry, Datuk Indera Noridah Abdul Rahim said: “This cycling programme helps bridge the social gap, for example between the leaders and the people; the economic gap, through the aid that is channelled; and also the opportunity for various races to gather together,” Bernama quoted her saying yesterday.
Last Monday, Indera Noridah joined in the third “Kayuhan MAIPs Peduli” programme, along with the Raja Muda of Perlis Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail, Minister of National Unity Datuk Aaron Ago Dagang and National Museum director-general Datuk Kamarul Bahrin A. Kassim.
She said she was impressed with the initiative led by Tuanku Syed Faizuddin, who is also MAIPs chairman, in caring for the needy and would use the programme as a template to be included in programmes organised by the ministry.
During the cycling programme, Tuanku Syed Faizuddin went to three houses occupied by the asnaf (tithe recipients) to hand over MAIPs’ donation of RM700.
Tuanku Syed Faizuddin also handed over a donation of RM700 from the Tuanku Syed Putra Foundation to Tan Kim Bee, 55, who is of Thai descent, and who lived in Kg Teluk Kacang here.
During the ride, Tuanku Syed Faizuddin also stopped at several houses of worship here to meet with the community there.