Sup­port Food Bank pro­gramme, lo­cal su­per­mar­kets asked

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KUCHING: Su­per­mar­kets are in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in the ‘Food Bank’ pro­gramme, which is meant to help the poor.

Ac­cord­ing to Deputy Min­is­ter of Do­mes­tic Trade and Con­sumer Af­fairs Chong Chieng Jen, the pro­gramme is a good ini­tia­tive be­ing un­der­taken to help un­for­tu­nate mem­bers of the com­mu­nity by giv­ing them food and at the same time, over­com­ing prob­lems re­lated to food wastage.

“I con­grat­u­late the AEON Malaysia Foun­da­tion, which al­ways sup­ports the gov­ern­ment’s pro­grammes in help­ing the needy.

“There­fore, I hope su­per­mar­kets with un­sold food items that are still good, join the Food Bank pro­gramme for it (un­sold food) to be dis­trib­uted to those in need in the state,” he said at the open­ing of the ‘Christ­mas Cel­e­bra­tion and Shop­ping Ses­sion’ hosted by AEON Malaysia Foun­da­tion, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Dayak Bi­dayuh Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion (DBNA) at a ho­tel here yes­ter­day.

Chong, who is Stampin MP and Kota Sen­tosa assem­bly­man, said his min­istry is fac­ing chal­lenges in get­ting com­pa­nies and com­mu­ni­ties to take part in the pro­gramme and thus, he called upon more lo­cal com­mu­nity lead­ers to co­op­er­ate in iden­ti­fy­ing needy in­di­vid­u­als in their re­spec­tive vil­lages so that the aid could be right­fully chan­nelled to them.

“We can­not wait for vol­un­teers or NGOs (non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions) to come to our place.

“The in­volve­ment of com­mu­nity lead­ers in ob­tain­ing in­for­ma­tion and iden­ti­fy­ing those in need in their vil­lages is ur­gently needed so that the pro­gramme could be im­ple­mented,” he said.

In ad­di­tion, Chong said the Sarawak gov­ern­ment should also work to­gether with fed­eral agen­cies and de­part­ments in mak­ing sure the suc­cess of such pro­grammes.

“I hope more com­mu­nity-based pro­grammes such as this could be im­ple­mented in the coun­try in the fu­ture,” he added, ac­knowl­edg­ing Pe­nang as the first state set to launch the pi­lot pro­gramme by the end of this month.

The event also hosted AEON Malaysia Foun­da­tion vice-pres­i­dent Kenji Fu­jita, and DBNA vice-pres­i­dent Ji­mas Ji­hel.

I con­grat­u­late the AEON Malaysia Foun­da­tion, which al­ways sup­ports the gov­ern­ment’s pro­grammes in help­ing the needy. — Chong Chieng Jen, Deputy Min­is­ter of Do­mes­tic Trade and Con­sumers Af­fairs

Sereni (fourth right) and mem­bers of Bon Ap­petit are seen dur­ing a photo call.

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