By Nur Ashikin Louis
KUCHING, June 26: Sarawak Housing Estate and Real Developers’ Association (Sheda) Kuching Branch is out to prove that not all heroes wear capes, as it continues to provide free lunch meals to the needy.
Its chairman Datuk Sim Kiang Chiok said the ‘Sharing is Caring’ Free Packed Lunch programme had initially started on June 18 and scheduled to end on June 24.
However, the Association had extended the programme until June 28 following the extension of the Movement Control Order (MCO), showing its seriousness to lend a hand to those affected during the lockdown.
“Of course the government has provided food aid but those packages consist of rice and other food ingredients in which they need to be cooked first.
“There are people who don’t have kitchens so they depend on instant meals. That is why we are here to provide them readily-available food,” he told reporters when distributing the food aid at Mom’s Laksa, Jalan Semarak here today.
The Mom’s Laksa eatery has recently joined in the Sheda’s campaign since yesterday (June 25), by providing a total of 300 sets of daily packed food in their branches at Jalan Astana and Jalan Semarak.
These packed lunch sets which includes a drink can be collected from 10am onwards on a first come first serve basis.
Apart from that, Tupong assemblyman Fazzrudin Abdul Rahman also chipped in by contributing face masks to be distributed together with the lunch sets.
Meanwhile, the Premier Food Republic has been part of the campaign since June 18, distributing 300 sets of daily packed food in its five outlets around Kuching and Samarahan.
The outlets, located at RH Plaza BDC, RH Park 9th Mile, Tabuan Tranquility, Emart Batu Kawa and Samarahan, will also continue to provide the lunch sets until June 28.
The programme is sponsored by Sheda members namely, Sinar Mekar Properties, Petra Jaya Properties, Hock Peng Realty, Oricon, Benta Mewah, Kenbest Sdn Bhd and generous anonymous donors.
Asked whether the programme would continue in the event of another MCO extension, Sim said the Association would have to look into the matter again.
“If the MCO gets extended, we are going to call up our sponsors and all that to see whether they want to continue with this programme or not. Hopefully nobody goes hungry, and nobody suffers during this MCO,” he added. — DayakDaily