Reaching out to the community


THE residents and community in the Bukit Gelugor parliamentary constituency, especially in Air Itam, now have another centre to seek help from, following the opening of a community centre in Lintang Kampung Melayu 1.


Air Itam assemblyman Joseph Ng said the community centre served as an alternative site for the residents and community to seek assistance.


“Some residents may find it difficult to travel to the Air Itam market to seek help from my service centre.


“They can come to this centre and we can help them with their problems. The centre will be open every Saturday from 10am to 1pm,” he said in his speech before the opening ceremony today.


Air Itam assemblyman Joseph Ng.


He also said that there was a plan to upgrade the pocket park which was located next to the community centre.


Separately, he thanked the Penang Adventist Hospital (PAH) and the hospital team for providing free influenza vaccination for the elderly.


Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said it was a commendable effort to set up the community centre to serve the people in the area.


“This is part of the state’s community outreach efforts. We hope that the people will make full use of the centre.


“The setting up of the centre is in line with the Penang2030 vision of ‘A Family-Focus Green and Smart State that Inspires the Nation’,” he said.


Chow speaking to the media after the opening ceremony.


Chow also thanked PAH for caring for the senior citizens. The hospital had collaborated with Ng to give 100 doses of free influenza vaccine to the B40 elderly in the Air Itam area.


Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh said the setting up of the community centre was an initiative to uplift the livelihood of the people, especially the elderly and B40 community, in the area.


He also congratulated and thanked PAH for its initiative.


“It is a remarkable effort, and we hope that it can be continued in the future,” he said.


Also present were Senator Lim Hui Ying, PAH chief executive officer Ronald Koh and the hospital’s charity manager Jenny Ooi.


Story by Christopher Tan
Pix by Muhamad Amir Irsyad Omar
Video by Chan Kok Kuan