GEORGE TOWN: With the rise of the White Flag motion, extra caring Malays are popping out to ascertain meals banks.
Sadly, some meals banks had been abused. Rations organized for the needy had been cleaned in a short while, usually by the identical folks.
Sundries retailer proprietor Rosidah Mansor opened a meals financial institution in March for these in want.
“The necessities ran out rapidly and stocking up 3 times a day was not sufficient. So we began registering names and packing necessities like cooking oil, rice, noodles, eggs, flour, and different servings into a big bundle handy out.
“It’s because we noticed lots of people making the most of the meals financial institution,” she stated after they met her at her retailer in Sungai Ara.
Rosidah stated they noticed the identical faces time and again to seize from the meals financial institution.
“Some got here in a automobile of 4 or 5 folks and every one in all them left with their arms stuffed with provisions. Others would sweep all 10 baggage of rice without delay.
“And when the neediest arrive, they discover the cabinets empty.
“That is discouraging for folks like us, my buddies, and people who helped contribute and begin this meals financial institution.
“Our clients and close by group teams depart necessities on our cabinets for these in want, however the meals financial institution was taken benefit of.
“Subsequently, we ask those that use the meals financial institution to be extra conscious of what they’re consuming. Please convey solely what you want so that there’s sufficient for individuals who come after you.
In Lebuh Tye Sin, the 35-year-old Kelvin Quah restaurant supervisor created a station handy out necessities and free lunches each day.
He additionally hopes to see these really in want without spending a dime meals and necessities.
“We began our program earlier this month and more often than not, there’s a employees member on the station, as we wish to be certain that folks take solely what they want.
“We’ve individuals who eat 4 to 5 units of meals at a time, leaving everybody else in step with nothing.
“For individuals who drink for his or her households, we offer extra, however we hope everybody takes solely what they want,” he stated.
At one level, they noticed folks arriving in a luxurious automobile to take the meals.
“Once we requested them about it, they stated they had been taking them for another person.
“We wish to serve these in want with out asking questions and we hope that folks can assist us.
“For meals banks and free meals stations to be sustainable, we want ongoing manpower and funding,” stated Quah.
At one other meals financial institution in Bayan Lepas, the proprietor of the Siti Nor cafe Hidayah Mustafa, 33, stated she was fortunate that folks in her group had been wise.
“To this point we’ve got had no issues. Solely 4 or 5 folks come to gather the necessities each day they usually all take what they want.
“As we’ve got a close-knit group, I hope this apply continues in order that we will all the time assist these in want,” he stated.
Penang Group Care President Wendy Ang stated older individuals who reside alone are inclined to promote further meals for pocket cash.
“They have a tendency to do that as a result of for them, it is about survival.
“A lot of the cash they obtain from the Division of Social Welfare will go in the direction of their lease.
“After receiving the rations, some will promote them in numerous shops at a lower cost.
“We didn’t encourage this and we advised them that the meals they’re given is for their very own consumption.
“If they cannot prepare dinner at residence, we give them meals like cookies and on the spot noodles.
“We’ll give them a warning if we discover out that they’re nonetheless promoting, we are going to cease feeding an offender for the third time,” he stated yesterday.
Ang stated his group had been offering meals to some 120 households since 2014.
“Earlier than the MCO, we interviewed households who actually wanted it.
“As a result of MCO, we’re unable to display screen or consider new households who’re approaching us, so every part relies on belief and integrity.
“Nevertheless, I’ve seen photos of meals going to waste.
“I hope that folks don’t abuse the kindness that’s given to them and as a substitute make good use of the donations which are given to them,” he stated.