ANNUAL GIVING: 716 special children were taken shopping for new clothes
GEORGE TOWN: MORE than 700 special children from 21 charitable organisations around Penang are set to celebrate this Hari Raya with new clothes.
The 716 children were recently ferried by RapidPenang buses to the Mydin Emporium in Jalan Penang here to shop for their new outfits.
They were thrilled to visit the store with their caregivers and family members, and try on new Raya clothes.
Mohd Ismal Fahmi Abdul Razak said he was already excited when his grandmother, Khalijah Hashim, told him that Hari Raya was coming soon.
"That means I am getting new clothes," said the boy from Sungai Bakap, on the mainland.
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop, said it was an annual tradition since 2008 for the Association of Wives of Ministers and Deputy Ministers (Bakti) and the state Welfare Department to gather the children and treat them to a special pre-Raya shopping outing.
"The kids get a full set of new clothes, including shoes," he said.
Penang Semai Bakti chairman Puan Sri Fawziah Begum Mohd Abu Bakar, who is also Nor Mohamed's wife, said non-Muslim children were not left out of the shopping trip.
Some RM70,000 had been collected for buying new clothes this year.
Bakti and Nor Mohamed, who is Tasek Gelugor member of parliament, each donated RM10,000 while the rest of the money was raised through contributions by Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and private donors.