KUALA LUMPUR, June 15, 2018: While most Malaysians had gone home to celebrate Aidilfitri, 15 students from Segi College Kuala Lumpur spent the first day of Raya with around 250 of the city’s homeless people.

The JOM RAYA open house event was organised by non-profit organisation Institut Onn Ja’afar (IOJ) as part of its ongoing JOM BEKPES campaign.

“JOM BEKPES has been going strong for three years now. It’s a weekly morning soup kitchen where student-volunteers from local public and private universities take turns to feed 250 underprivileged children and homeless people.

“However, during every major Malaysian festival we organise an open house at Pusat Transit Gelandangan and for Ramadhan we switch to serving sahur the night before,” said IOJ CEO Charles Mohan.

Pusat Transit Gelandangan was set up as a one-stop centre set up by the Federal Territories Ministry for the government, private sector, non-government organisations and members of the public to provide aid to the homeless.

The food was sponsored by Pelaburan Mara Berhad with drinks provided by Gombak Food Delivery Prihatin.

Pelaburan MARA Berhad Head of Marketing Communication Marina Ghazali said they had sponsored almost 20 of IOJ’s soup kitchens this year alone.

“We have sponsored 10 JOM BEKPES sessions, a JOM CNY session for Chinese New Year, five JOM SAHUR sessions and JOM RAYA. We take part in these sessions from time-to- time, too,” says Marina.

Pelaburan MARA is a financial services and asset management group with experience which spans for more than five decades.

“As a business entity, people are at the heart of what we aspire to do and our approach to corporate responsibility is driven by our own experience and passion to help better the general community and those less fortunate.

“We strongly believe in giving back to the society and every little help goes a long way.  We are very happy that we are able to celebrate this joyous Hari Raya with the community here,” Marina added.

Also present were former Malaysian international shuttler Wong Choong Hann and family, who helped distribute Duit Raya to the attendees.