Some 200 people, consisting of children with special needs, senior citizens and single mothers from 20 welfare homes, were treated to lunch by the Wira Association of Malaysia. In attendance were Dato’ Hajjah Rusnah Kassim, Executive Councillor for Women’s Development, Family, Social Welfare and National Integration and invited guests.
This fourth annual “Majlis Mesra Muhibbah Bersama Kanak-Kanak dan Dewasa Rumah Kebajikan”, a significant welfare-cum-community service of the association, was held at YMCA Ipoh recently.
The association organises memorial services annually for those who sacrificed their lives in the defense of Malaya during World Wars 1 and 2, the Burma/Thailand Death Railways and the Indonesian Confrontation.
This year it organised, for the first time, a service at the historical battle site near the Gemencheh Bridge in Negeri Sembilan. Eighty two Australian soldiers died at the spot while fighting the advancing Japanese Imperial Army during World War 2.
At the sit-down lunch, guests were entertained with dances and songs as well as a ukulele performance by two American volunteers. Each home received a cheque for RM200 from the association. Rusnah thanked the President of Wira Association of Malaysia, Dato’ R. Thambipillay and his members for the charity works they had done. “The government can only do so much,” she said.
Beginning November of this year orphans and senior citizens, who are a resident of a home registered with the Welfare Department, are eligible for an annual stipend of RM350 each. The money, to be paid in one lump sum to each home, is to be utilised on education and the basic needs of the individuals. Presently, 31 orphanages and 28 old folks’ homes are registered with the welfare department in Perak.