Keeping tradition and friendship alive


SOME 30 local fishermen who operated near the Penang South Islands (PSI) site were presented with hampers recently in the name of friendship.


Penang Infrastructure Corporation (PIC) chief executive officer Datuk Seri Farizan Darus said in the name of friendship, the Pusat Perkhidmatan Setempat Nelayan (PPSN), which is also known as the stakeholders’ engagement centre, hoped that the hamper contribution would bring some Christmas cheer to the families of fishermen and lessen their expenses during the festive season.


“The recipients were identified by PPSN with the help from the Gertak Sanggul and Teluk Kumbar Village Community Management Councils (MPKKs).


“The PPSN will make contributions such as hampers filled with food items for families of fishermen every festive season,” he said in a statement.


Farizan said that PPSN would continue the tradition of giving to strengthen friendship, unity and mutual respect among the various races and religions.


“We are also helping fishermen who face financial hardship,” he added.


The PPSN is a one-stop centre that disseminates accurate information on the PSI project. Apart from being the mediator between the state government and the people, PPSN also organises social programmes for the local community’s benefit.


It has been set up by the Penang government to serve the fishermen in the south of Penang island since 2016. Since then, PPSN information officers have reached out to the local fishermen to understand their needs and hopes from the PSI development.


PPSN now operates in Permatang Damar Laut, Gertak Sanggul and Sungai Batu.