Community Pantry to help feed 2,000

Minos (centre) with MPKS council member and organiser Datuk Sim Kiang Chiok (right) and Rimba Central Sdn Bhd’s store manager Bong Teck Pyng distributing food at the Community Pantry at Le PaPa Kota Samarahan. Photo: Ramidi Subari

KOTA SAMARAHAN: The Kota Samarahan Municipal Council (MPKS) is working with 10 supermarkets in the area to hand out food assistance to residents affected by the movement control order (MCO) here.

The Kongsi Rezeki Community Pantry organised by MPKS is expected to benefit more than 2,000 individuals in need in this district throughout its implementation from July 4 to 12.

MPKS chairman Datuk Peter Minos said the council was concerned about the current situation experienced by the folk here. 

“Therefore, MPKS together with supermarkets such as Le Papa Hypermarket here try to help as much as we can to serve the community around Kota Samarahan,” he said when met by the media after handing over food packs at Le Papa Hypermarket here on Sunday (July 4).

Minos added that so far, 10 supermarkets around Kota Samarahan were taking part in the daily community programme. 

These supermarkets include H&L, Aiman Mall, LePaPa Hypermarket, Farley Supermarket, Sen Sen Department Store, Emart Summer Mall, CS Mini Market, Unaco Kota Samarahan, Elli Supermarket and Choice Bazaar Supermarket.

Minos (centre) speaking at a press conference after the distribution of foods at the Community Pantry at Le PaPa Kota Samarahan. Also seen are MPKS council member and organiser Datuk Sim Kiang Chiok (right) and Rimba Central Sdn Bhd’s store manager Bong Teck Pyng. Photo: Ramidi Subari

The programme, which started on Sunday, began with the distribution of 120 food packs at H&L followed by another 100 food packs at LePaPa.

Minos added that the programme was expected to give out some 300 food packs daily to needy residents here.

“We are very happy to help those in need. Most of them are really in need of assistance.

“We don’t want suicide cases happening here so we try to help as much as we can to lighten their burden.

“This is why it is important for us to take part in such programmes to help those in dire situations,” he said while urging more supermarkets to take part in the noble cause.

“Those interested in taking part may contact me or the council for further information,” he added.

Minos also reminded those in need to come forward at 3pm at the selected supermarkets to receive the food packs.