The Ipoh City Council (MBI) is set to continue their meaningful cause in assisting more needy Ipohites with long-term partner, Econsave, now as a strategic partner in the MBI Prihatin programme.
According to the Mayor of Ipoh, Dato’ Rumaizi Baharin, MBI Prihatin, which started back in March 18 last year when the Movement Control Order (MCO) commenced, has assisted a total of more than 10,000 Ipohites in need as of today (October 22).
“Nearly RM1 million has been utilised for MBI Prihatin as of today, whereby food and basic necessities were contributed as a means to reduce the burdens of needy citizens and businesses, as well as staff members of MBI who fall under the same category.
“We thank Econsave very much for their unending hospitality and spirit. Hopefully, MBI Prihatin will be able to aid even more Ipohites in braving through life under the new normal of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
He told reporters during a media session after signing a memorandum of understanding with Econsave at the MBI headquarters today, adding that MBI Prihatin has created more than 1,000 job opportunities for those who lost their sources of income due to the pandemic.
“We have and are doing our best to hire more locals, instead of depending on foreign labour,” Rumaizi mentioned.
Econsave was represented by North Division 2 General Manager, Chua Yong Chiang and Jelapang Branch Manager, Shah Effendy Rosman.
In a separate matter, Rumaizi said that Little India’s bazaar in conjunction with the upcoming Deepavali festival will be held on a small scale.
“We’re aware of traders’ objection against organising a large bazaar. As such, we’ve agreed to limit the grounds of the bazaar to only cover the stage of Little India’s centre court.
“Little India traders need not worry, as no stands or tents whatsoever will be built in front of their shop lots,” he reassured.