Refugees receive aid for fasting month

KUALA LUMPUR - More than 300 refugee families cannot hide their happiness when they receive necessities to make it through the fasting month.

The refugees from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Africa and other countries were excited to get RM200(S$79.5) worth of necessities such as cooking oil, rice and pasta and RM150 vouchers during a Feed a Family programme.

The programme was initiated by the Muslim Professionals Forum (MPF) in collaboration with Hero Supermarket.

One of them was Palestinian Ibrahim M.A. Abudan, who came with his four-year-old son and wife to pick up their one month's supply of groceries.

"I am very thankful. They are helping everyone, whether they're Palestinians or PakisĀ­tanis," he said at Hero Supermarket in Taman Dagang, Ampang, yesterday.

Ibrahim, who has been in Malaysia for two-and-a-half years, said the help was timely as food items were more expensive during the Ramadan period.

Another refugee, who only wanted to be known as Rayhana, said she was collecting the goods for herself, her husband and two children, aged two and eight.

"Sometimes we only have a little bread and rice. Items such as milk are very expensive," she said.

MPF founding member and secretary Azra Banu said they initiated the programme when they learnt that many refugee families were in dire need of food.

"They do not have food on the table and cannot hold a job beause they fall under the refugee status. So we started this programme, knowing how much Malaysians love to give out food," she said.

Many volunteers were seen helping the refugees to push their carts to cars, which were driven by another group of volunteers to bring the food items and refugees to their homes.