HELPING HAND: The service centre will assist single mothers, senior citizens, the disabled and needy as well as youths who need education counselling
IPOH: THE first 1Malaysia Service Centre and Complaint Bureau set up by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to serve residents in Menglembu, Jelapang and Buntong was launched at 85A Rishah Permai 1, Taman Desa Permai, Ipoh.
The NGOs comprise Kelab Prihatin Rakyat 1Malaysia, Persatuan Hal Ehwal dan Kebajikan Masyarakat Negeri Perak and Persatuan Prihatin dan Ibu Tunggal Kinta Perak.
The centre is open on weekdays, from 9am to 1pm.
It was opened by Perak Education, Higher Education, Science & Technology committee chairman Datuk Mohammad Zahir Abdul Khalid, who represented Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir.
Its chairman, P. Matthew, said the centre would assist poor single mothers, senior citizens, the disabled and the needy.
"We will organise workshops on handicrafts, making pastries and technical skills to help those in need to get employment.
"We will also promote education counselling for our youths and teenagers.
He said the centre would work closely with the Ipoh City Council, social welfare department, police and government agencies.
"Since January, our centre has received 20 complaints, Ipoh City Council (35), social welfare department (12), education (4) and police cases (14)," said Matthew.
Later, Zahir pledged RM5,000 to help the centre in its one-day educational programme next month on job prospects for school-leavers.
For inquiries, call Matthew at 013-511 1132.