Ipoh City Council and the Ipoh’s Civil Community Council distributed free grocery supplies to some 200 single mothers and needy folks during the Sekalung Budi (generosity) programme on July 10. The event was held at City Hall in conjunction with the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration the following week.
Each of the recipients was given a basket containing 5kg of rice, coffee, sugar, snacks, cooking oil, flour and duit raya.
Mayor Dato’ Zamri bin Man said that the recipients were those with monthly earnings of less than RM220. They were selected from the state-initiated e-Kasih list while some were chosen by the Civil Community Council. Those listed under e-kasih received RM1488 from The Ministry of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government to settle their annual Council flat rents.
The mayor told reporters that this was his first official charity event after being appointed to helm the Ipoh City Council.
“It’s a worthy programme, as it’s a way for Ipoh City Council to engage with the public, especially the needy. I hope more similar events will be organised forthwith,” said Zamri.
“Although the programme is directed at Muslims in general, we’ve decided to include other races as well to help reduce their financial burden,” added Zamri.
The mayor thanked sponsors for their support in making the programme a success.