This one takes the cake! Instead of finding out the real reason these children are “underprivileged”, the response is a typical bandaid kind of assistance.
Maybe The Loaf might be interested in participating in this venture under its Corporate Social Responsibility programme.
Serving leftover bread and pastries to “underprivileged” children tells us that not much thought has been given to the dignity of the poor.
Perhaps people can sell their designer handbags and jewellery to raise funds for projects that would really empower the poor.
Instead of allocating so much money to the PM’s Department, funds could be made available for more meaningful projects. The hundreds of millions of ringgit that is illicitly siphoned out of the country could also be used for these projects.
While the rich folks think of croissants, low-income families are struggling to cope with a 30 per cent spike in vegetable prices due to “wet season”. But when the “wet season” is over, will the prices come down? Sadly, we have neglected food self-sufficiency.
Anyway a good place to start would be to find out why there are so many “underprivileged” children after 55 years of BN rule.
This report in The Star:
Rosmah wants Roti 1Malaysia for Permata centres
By EILEEN NG
KUALA LUMPUR: The success of the Roti 1Malaysia Charity Programme, which distributes fresh bread and pastries to the underprivileged in the Klang Valley, has caught the attention of Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.
In giving the stamp of approval for the programme, the Prime Minister’s wife suggested that it be expanded to Permata centres nationwide.
“Make sure the bread and the croissants reach the children because I don’t think our children from the Permata centres have tasted croissants.
“So, please give them a chance to taste croissants not only children in homes, but also in the Permata centres,” she said during the launch of the programme yesterday.
She added that the Roti 1Malaysia programme was in line with the Government’s objective in developing a caring society.
Have bread: Rosmah feeding bread and pastries to the children from various homes at the launch of the Roti 1Malaysia Charity Programme in Kuala Lumpur. Have bread: Rosmah feeding bread and pastries to the children from various homes at the launch of the Roti 1Malaysia Charity Programme in Kuala Lumpur.
Started in August last year, the private sector initiative provides the underprivileged with quality breads and pastries from 14 hotels and 11 bakeries.
The fresh bread and pastries are sent daily to about 5,000 people from 60 old folk’s and disabled homes, orphanages, hospices, refugee centres and a HIV shelter.
Programme founder chairman Datuk Anne Eu welcomed Rosmah’s suggestion.
“My team will have to sit down with the Permata team and work it out. It will have to start with the centres in the Klang Valley,” she said.