Ipoh City Council (MBI) has spent about RM318,500 to implement the MBI Prihatin (MBI Cares) corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme in the first six months of this year.
The MBI Prihatin programme is carried out continuously to help the underprivileged and needy, and it is part of MBI’s effort to make Ipoh a harmonious city.
The Mayor of Ipoh, Dato’ Rumaizi Baharin @ Md Daud said that during the implementation of the programme, corporate companies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and private individuals have come forward to work with MBI to provide various forms of assistance to those who are especially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We have carried out various aid distribution and CSR programmes through MBI Prihatin to ease the burden of the people in this city.
“Early this year, we held a Back To School programme, in which we provided uniforms, stationery sets and school bags to eligible students in Ipoh as well as the children of MBI members in the B40 category.
“During the Chinese New Year celebration, MBI donated cash and food boxes to the Chinese residents around Bercham, Kampung Simee and Pasir Pinji.
“Next, MBIFREEWIFI was created to provide free wifi coverage facilities in 20 selected locations around Ipoh with a speed of 300Mbps which is implemented in stages.
“Tablets were given to students in need to make it easier for them to follow Teaching and Learning at Home (PdPR) sessions, as well as to access the Cikgu Saarani Tuition programme launched by the Menteri Besar of Perak, Dato’ Saarani Mohamad on 3 February,” he said.
He said while chairing MBI’s Full Board Meeting for June at the MBI Meeting Hall here today (June 30).
Rumaizi also mentioned that during Ramadan and Aidilfitri celebrations, MBI also held a charity programme by organising a breaking of fast ceremony and purchase of raya clothing, as well as handing out financial donations and food packs to senior citizens, the urban poor and several orphanages in Ipoh.
Meanwhile, he mentioned that during the ongoing Movement Control Order (MCO), there were residents in the city who faced problems like food supply shortages or difficulty in obtaining groceries as movement was limited.
“Therefore, we work with several corporate companies such as Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad, Bonanza Venture Holdings Sdn Berhad and Econsave Supermarket to deliver food packs to residents in the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) area, as well as Ipoh citizens and MBI members in the B40 group,” he explained.
In this regard, he said, the MBI Prihatin programme will be continued from time to time to ensure that no one is left behind especially while the COVID-19 pandemic is still not over.