Restaurateur offers free food to boost vaccine drive


Popular restaurant chain in Penang, Sri Ananda Bahwan is joining the cause to help increase registrations for the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) by offering free meals to those who have completed two doses of vaccines.

Sri Ananda Bahwan Group director Veera Harikrishnan said the promotion, from 11am to 2pm from June 28 to July 4, runs at all of its 13 outlets where customers who have completed their vaccination would be able to redeem the restaurant’s signature and best-selling chicken biryani meal for free.

He said redemption for the free meal would only be valid once and the restaurant operator has put in place a system to register those who have redeemed their meal.

“For the past two days, since we ran this promotion, response from our customers has been overwhelming. We have distributed close to 500 packs of free meals so far and we will be doing this promotion from time to time.

“We hope this promotion will help encourage and incentivise the public to register for Covid-19 vaccination because according to government statistics, only about 76 percent of Penangites have registered so far. There are still many others who have not registered through MySejahtera,” he told Bernama. 

He also hoped that other restaurants would follow suit and offer this kind of promotion to help increase the people’s confidence and create awareness on the importance of vaccination.

One of the restaurant’s frequent customers, Indran Rengasamy, 76, said this promotion is a good encouragement for everyone to get vaccinated and he was thrilled to be treated to a free meal after having completed his two doses of vaccination on May 17.

While the response for the immunisation programme is getting better now compared with when it was first rolled out, he said, however, the number of Indians registering for vaccination was not that high.

“I think they are scared because they have been reading a lot of horror stories that were spread on messaging applications. There are rarely truths to these stories and all the vaccines available in Malaysia are good for everyone.

“If not, I am sure the government would not waste their resources to introduce this programme in such a big scale. I encourage everyone to get registered because your life is in your hands and this is for your own benefit,” said the retiree who hails from Bayan Baru. – Bernama

Abang Johari receives Japanese visitors

BY JACINTHA JOLENE KUCHING: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg received two courtesy calls at his office in Wisma Bapa Malaysia...

Share post:

Our Opinion

More like this

Borneo Cultural Museum ready to welcome visitors mid-year

KUCHING: The Borneo Cultural Museum here, which is touted...

Water treatment plant in Lawas being mulled, says Awang Tengah

LAWAS: The state government plans to construct a water...

RM50 mln set aside to build state’s OKU community centre

KUCHING: Sarawak has approved RM50 million under the 12th...

Have a heart; provide OKU-friendly facilities

KUCHING: Building designers and authorities who issue occupation permits...

Welfare of retired athletes taken care of: Fatimah

KUCHING: Sarawak’s retired national athletes are well taken care...

Entertainer cum entrepreneur donates medical supplies to SGH

KUCHING: A Sarawak-born entertainer and entrepreneur Dr Jessie Chung...

Implementing agencies must nip problems early

SAMARAHAN: Contractors involved in the construction of major bridges...

Follow SOPs, Uggah tells ferry users

BY JACINTHA JOLENE KOTA SAMARAHAN: Ferry users are reminded to...