Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir (6th from left) and wife Datin Seri Saripah Zulkifli (7th from left) pose for a group photo with recipients of aid during the “Ceria Lebaran@Shopping Raya” event held at the Mydin Wholesale Hypermarket Meru Raya. Pix by EFFENDY RASHID

IPOH: In the spirit of Ramadan, Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Zambry Abdul Kadir decided to treat underprivileged children from the state’s 12 districts to new Hari Raya clothes.

Sixty-nine children who were selected as the menteri besar’s foster children – including 60 Orang Asli kids from Kampung Sungai Tongkang, Ulu Kinta – were also given duit raya and packed food.

"Alhamdulillah, I am grateful that the MB Foster Children (Programme) is still ongoing after seven years.

"This is a corporate social responsibility (initiative) initiated by me under the Bina Upaya Foundation (YBU), and it is hoped that more non-governmental organisations and corporate bodies will join in the future," said Zambry at a press conference after officiating and handing out the contributions to the Perak Menteri Besar Foster Children (AAMB) and Orang Asli Community Children at the “Ceria Lebaran@Shopping Raya” event held at the Mydin Wholesale Hypermarket Meru Raya here today.

Among the corporate sponsors this year were Empayar Indera Sdn Bhd which contributed the Hari Raya clothes; MB Inc (duit raya contributions); Malaysia Malay Contractor Association Perak Branch; Pasaraya Borong Sakan Sdn Bhd (sponsored T-shirts for the programme); and Mydin for providing the venue and purchase discounts.

The programme, which was launched in 2010, is aimed at helping selected underprivileged children, aged between 7 and 19, by providing monthly allowances, motivational programmes, examination preparation assistance, school uniforms and stationery, as well as festive contributions.

As of May this year, 122 students from various backgrounds, including orphans and the underprivileged, have been recognised as AAMB.

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