Deepavali cheer for needy folk of Damansara Bistari flat

Jom Shopping Deepavali 2014 - Supalethcumy and Sundrammal with their grocery purchase
Jom Shopping Deepavali 2014 recipients 82-year old Supalethcumy (left) and 73-year old Sundrammal with their grocery purchase after receiving RM100 shopping voucher.

A total of 143 residents from poor families staying in Damansara Bistari low-cost flats in SS2, Petaling Jaya received shopping vouchers to purchase necessities at the Econsave supermarket in SS2 Mall on Oct 18, 2014.

Damansara Utama state assemblywoman Yeo Bee Yin who was present said the shopping vouchers given under the Jom Shopping program by the Selangor government was to help the Indian community with their Deepavali preparations.

The Deepavali festival will be celebrated on October 22 this year.

Jom Shopping Deepavali 2014 - Nagamaya and Chanda Kuppusamy
Kidney patient Nagamaya (left) and housewife Chanda Kuppusamy beaming with joy with their purchase of essential goods using the Jom Shopping Deepavali voucher.

“The participants were selected from poor and needy residents and low income families from the Damansara Utama state constituency to purchase necessities for the upcoming Deepavali celebration,” Yeo said.

She chatted and mingled with the participants and wished them Happy Deepavali.

 

Damansara Utama state assemblywoman Yeo Bee Yin and Persatuan Penduduk Blok A dan B Damansara Bestari chairman Abdul Samad Abdul Rashid
Damansara Utama state assemblywoman Yeo Bee Yin (left) and Persatuan Penduduk Blok A dan B Damansara Bestari chairman Abdul Samad Abdul Rashid.

The recipients were all smiles after receiving RM100 shopping voucher each.

Among them were 82-year old Supalethcumy and 73-year old Sundrammal a/p Mahadevan who both expressed their thanks to the Selangor government for giving them the shopping vouchers.

“We are looking forward to Deepavali. The RM100 voucher will minimize our burden and make our lives better,” said Supalethcumy who purchased grocery supplies for the festive season. The items she bought included cooking oil and sugar.

Participants of Jom Shopping Deepavali 2014 lining up for shopping vouchers
The crowd of Jom Shopping Deepavali 2014 participants queuing to collect their shopping vouchers.

A kidney patient Nagamaya, 63, who was a former security guard and now a retiree due to his health condition said he was thankful for the RM100 voucher as it meant a lot to him. He used the voucher to buy essential goods for the coming Deepavali.

Another recipient housewife Chanda Kuppusamy, 48, said her husband is a bus driver and the voucher will help reduce their burden to some extent.

Jom Shopping Deepavali 2014 participants at Econsave SS2 Mall
Jom Shopping Deepavali 2014 participants crowding the registration counter to collect their shopping vouchers.

Also present at the event was Persatuan Penduduk Blok A dan B Damansara Bestari chairman Abdul Samad Abdul Rashid who had assisted flat residents in participating the program.

The Jom Shopping vouchers program is carried out every year by the Selangor government since 2008 during festive seasons such as Chinese New Year, Hari Raya and Deepavali. It is aimed at helping Selangor residents who are in low income group, underprivileged, senior citizens, single mothers, orphans and others

Yeo Bee Yin chatting with Jom Shopping Deepavali 2014 participants
Yeo Bee Yin chats and mingles with recipients of Jom Shopping Deepavali 2014.

 

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