Penang Housing Board prepares 1,000 food baskets for the needy in its first distribution programme


THE Penang Housing Board does not only ensure you have a roof over your head, but has now taken on a greater responsibility by distributing food baskets to the needy in low-cost flats in the state.


Impressed and proud of their first initiative, state Housing, Local Government, Town and Country Planning Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said the distribution would involve a total of 1,000 food baskets.


Each basket is said to have items worth RM50.


“We have allocated 180 food baskets to be given out to eligible families here in Taman Free School.


Jagdeep (second row, third from left) posing for a photo with the recipients.


“And this morning, we have eligible families ready to receive 20 food baskets first.


“My Village Community Management Council (MPKK) members will later assist to distribute the remaining 160 food baskets to the other families,” Jagdeep said during a press conference in Taman Free School, Datuk Keramat today.


Jagdeep, who is also Datuk Keramat assemblyman, said the war against Covid-19 pandemic is far from over, and that is why such programmes should be carried on despite the decline of new daily cases recently.


“It is the state government’s commitment that each and every Penangite will be taken care of, especially those in most need of assistance to sustain the lives and livelihoods.


“Congratulations to the Penang Housing Board for this programme, and it is hoped that you will continue to assist the needy, not only serving the core role of delivering homes, but delivery of basic necessities,” Jagdeep added.


Jagdeep (centre) greeting the residents in Taman Free School.


He also said the Housing Board would continue to identify eligible families in the state to complete the distribution as soon as possible.


Also present during the distribution programme was Penang Housing Board general manager Ainul Fadhilah Samsudi.


Story by Kevin Vimal
Pix by Muhamad Amir Irsyad Omar