In conjunction with Deepavali celebration, the Management of KPJ Ipoh Specialist Hospital distributed traditional Deepavali goodies to all patients in the hospital. Planned as an annual event to strengthen unity among races in the country, in a 1 Malaysia spirit, all non-nursing staff were dressed in their cultural costumes.
Staff of the hospital also participated in decorating the lobby area with Kolam, the colours of Ranggoli, a form of folk floor art from India, to create the festive ambiance. Traditional Indian music was also played at the lobby area throughout the day.
Ipoh City Council celebrated Deepavali by distributing 300 packs of “murku” (an Indian snack) to Indian staff and visitors at the lobby of the council building recently. Mayor Dato’ Roshidi Hashim, personally handed out the gifts, wishing “Happy Deepavali” to the lucky recipients.
Ipoh City Council has been offering gifts to walk-in visitors and council staff during Chinese New Year, Hari Raya Puasa, Hari Merdeka and Hari Malaysia. The next occasion on the council’s calendar is Christmas at the end of the year.
Ipoh City Council, through Councillor of Zone 12 (Buntong/Silibin), Sabramani a/l Appadurai, sponsored food hampers to a hundred underprivileged families from the Buntong Indian community in conjunction with Deepavali celebration recently. Dato’ S. Veerasingam, Special Advisor to Menteri Besar, graced the occasion. In his speech, he advised the audience to spend within their means, especially during festivities like Deepavali.
The presentation of food hampers to underprivileged families in Buntong is an annual affair. In line with the spirit of 1 Malaysia families from other races also benefited. The ceremony was held at Pusat Rukun Tetangga, Teluk Kurin, Buntong 2 with the assistance of several non-governmental organisations.
AmBank Group hosted a pre-Deepavali treat for 60 Indian children and grown-ups at Ipoh City and Country Club recently. The event was part of the Bank’s on-going Corporate Social Responsibility Programme (CSR) of caring for the less fortunate. AmBank Regional Manager, Region 2, Ms Jessie Wong, officiated at the function. The attendees were entertained to food, drinks and tele-matches courtesy of the event organisers, Kelab AmBank Group. Each participant was given an AmBank passbook, as a form of encouragement to save with the bank. They also received prizes and goodies from Jessie. The recipients were from eight participating schools in Ipoh. Among them were 20 single mothers.