MBI Prihatin – Speech-impaired Couple Selling Recycled Goods Receives Help

A differently-abled (OKU) couple who earn a living from the sale of recycled items lost their source of income when the country was hit by the COVID-19 pandemic last year. 

Abdul Jabar Abdul Latiff and his wife, Halimaton Hasan, both 62 years old, earn between RM10 to RM20 a day from selling recycled goods.  

However, the recycled goods are seen piling up at their house in Kampung Melayu Batu 8 due to the pandemic.

Council Member of Ipoh City Council (MBI) for Zone 1 (Hulu Kinta), Dato’ Mazlan Abd Rahman, said his party found out about the plight of the couple and donated basic necessities.

He said the goods could not be sold due to the implementation of Movement Control Order (MCO) which resulted in the restriction of many economic sectors including the sale of solid waste and recycled goods. 

“The piles are quite dangerous to the community as they may attract snakes and rodents which are often seen.

“We hope that the situation that befell this couple gets the state government’s attention so that the pile of goods can be sold to help increase their income,” he said.

He also handed out basic necessities to 25 other needy families facing difficulties during the MCO 3.0.

The areas involved were Bandar Baru Putra, Batu 8, Kampung Melayu Hulu Kinta, Taman Malar, Pakatan Jaya and Kampung Baru Changkat Kinding under MBI Prihatin (MBI Cares) Programme yesterday (July 11).

Rosli Mansor


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