State gives needy a helping hand


THE needy communities registered with the Social Welfare Department and the underprivileged recipients listed under the Equitable Economic Agenda (AES) in Penang are scheduled to receive their groceries latest by next week.


Penang Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said a total of 20,000 boxes of supplies would be distributed to the five districts in the state.


“We have distributed 2,444 boxes of groceries to the offices and collection centres in the southwest district today.


“The Village Community Management Council (MPKK) volunteers, together with the district offices and other agencies helped to ensure that the distribution process is in order.


“We ensure that aid is delivered to those who are in need according to the list by the Social Welfare Department.


“We hope to deliver the aid to the central Seberang Perai district tomorrow (April 13),” Phee told Buletin Mutiara today.


State executive council member Phee Boon Poh.


Phee said the groceries were neatly packed in boxes and not in plastic bags.


“The boxes are recyclable. We want to promote a green environment in the process of helping the needy,” he said.


Phee also thanked his officers and the district offices for making the delivery system successful.


Meanwhile, Bayan Lepas assemblyman Azrul Mahathir Aziz joined the volunteers from 15 MPKKs to receive and arrange the boxes of groceries at Dewan MPKK Bukit Gemuruh in Jalan Gertak Sanggul today.


Azrul Mahathir (right) helping a volunteer carry a wooden pallet after arranging the boxes of groceries.


“We have received 757 boxes and will be distributing them to the eligible recipients very soon.


“The boxes are among the 2,444 boxes for the southwest district,” Azrul Mahathir said.


A forklift lifting the boxes of groceries from the trailer in front of Dewan MPKK Bukit Gemuruh.


He said that the recipients would be receiving groceries such as rice, biscuits, instant noodles, flour, soy sauce, and chocolate malt.



Story and pix by Christopher Tan