KUALA LUMPUR, 20 October 2022 — In conjunction with the upcoming Deepavali celebration, Yayasan PETRONAS has begun distributing festive food items and hampers to a total of 2,100 beneficiaries from B40 groups across nine states in Malaysia as part of its Sentuhan Kasih programme.
The items were distributed to families in Johor, Kedah, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Penang, Perak, Perlis, Selangor and Kuala Lumpur from 12 October until 20 October 2022. Contributions included basic food items such as rice, cooking oil, sugar, flour, sardine, tea, and dhal beans along with Deepavali-themed food items such as briyani masala powder, kesari mix flour, ghee, curry powder as well as Murukku hampers, which are specially sourced from local micro businesses.
Yayasan PETRONAS Chief Executive Officer, Shariah Nelly Francis said, “With the rising cost of living, we understand how difficult it can be for some families to purchase these food items. Additionally, the sourcing of food items from local micro businesses serves as our way of giving back to the community. We hope that with our contribution, we can spread some joy and light during this festive season.”
In conjunction with major celebrations in Malaysia, Yayasan PETRONAS contributes items to underserved communities for their basic needs and wellbeing every year.
The Sentuhan Kasih programme is part of Yayasan PETRONAS’ community well-being and development focus area. The programme is also in line with the PETRONAS Sustainability Agenda and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.