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With the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO) by the Malaysian Government on 18th March, 2020 where people are advised “to stay at home” as movement of people is controlled and restricted and where only certain essential businesses and services are allowed to operate in order to “flatten the curve” and to prevent the spread of the Covid 19 pandemic that is ravaging Malaysia and the whole world, Rev. Fr. Joseph Stephen C.Ss.R. foresaw that many people, especially those self-employed and those in the B40 category (Bottom 40% income group) would face difficulties earning enough money to feed themselves and their families as many of them do not work in or are employed in the essential businesses or services sectors.
He then came up with the idea of organizing a practical scheme of distributing initially 50 packets and later increasing to 100 packets of food to the poor and the marginalized and the elderly and identified the Bercham Flats, Ipoh as an area where there are many of such people needing assistance as a result of the MCO. Through the financial support and encouragement of many of his friends in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh,...
Fr. Joseph was able to launch the free lunch project on 31st March, 2020 aided by a few OMPH parishioners who helped to cook and distribute the food. Since then, he has been doing this every Tuesday and Thursday,
In order to provide variety, the food distributed is sometimes curry or kurma chicken and potatoes with gravy and a vegetable dish; and on other days, it is the traditional nasi lemak with one whole hard-boiled egg and ikan bilis cooked in spicy gravy. Well-wishers sometimes donate items like cupcakes, apples, packet biscuits and sliced cakes to be distributed at the same time while the children were also given a goodie bag of titbits. The recipients were very thankful to Fr. Joseph for his kind gesture during these difficult times and was appreciative for the delicious food distributed. The children on the other hand were very happy to receive the titbits.
PHDC will be taking over this project in July 2020.
REPORT ON FEEDING THE MARGINALISED DURING THE MOVEMENT CONTROL ORDER
- Reported by Joseph Choong, PHDC Ministry
Address: Church: 1 Jalan Serindik; Redemptorists Community: 19-21 Jalan la Salle; 31400 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia; Tel: (60) 05 5458220; Email: email@example.com; FaceBook: https://m.facebook.com/OMPHipoh/
(Started on 31 March 2020)