There’s good news for Perakeans, especially those with eye ailments, for they will be eligible for free eye checks whenever Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan (YBU) volunteers come a-calling. This was announced to the media by the Manager of the foundation’s International Relationship and Volunteers Unit, Jodh Singh, during a walkabout programme in Kampar recently.
The offer, according to Jodh Singh, was made by Dato’ Dr Jasvinder Singh, an eye specialist attached to Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun, Ipoh. “And since the offer was given to the foundation as an aid programme for the rakyat, I’ve proposed that it be made an integral part of YBU’s service to the community,” said Jodh Singh to Ipoh Echo. The eye team from the hospital will subsequently come along with the volunteers on their routine visit to designated parts of the state.
“It’ll definitely benefit the rakyat, since not many can afford an expensive eye test at a private clinic. Moreover, coverage is considerably wider, as volunteers have to go to many parts of the state to do their humanitarian works,” Jodh insisted.
On the issue of volunteers, presently there are over 4000 registered with the foundation. Efforts are underway to increase the number to 10,000 as envisaged by the Menteri Besar, Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr Zambry Abd Kadir.
“It’s undoubtedly a lofty target but not something impossible. The free eye check is value added and will provide us the impetus to serve the people better,” said Jodh. He reckons YBU’s team of volunteers, aptly named IBU (Ikon Bina Upaya), is a good selling point to attract more to join the team. “We’d be able to achieve this target in due time, given the mood on the ground.”
Present at the Kampar walkabout were the Adun for Malim Nawar, Keshvinder Singh and YBU’s Chief Financial Officer, Hairul Anuar Mohamad Noor.