A RAYA OPEN HOUSE FOR HOMELESS
KUALA LUMPUR, June 25, 2017:
While the rest of the country is enjoying their festive holidays, for the homeless and underprivileged of Kuala Lumpur, Hari Raya Aidilfitri can be a lonely time indeed.
“That’s why, during festive seasons, we work with universities, colleges, sponsors and government agencies to hold open-houses for the homeless at Pusat Transit Gelandangan near Bulatan Pahang.
“Events such as this, our second “JOM RAYA”, also expose local and international students to Malaysian culture and cultivate altruism among the youth,” says Institut Onn Ja’afar (IOJ) spokesman Zaiti Zubir.
Zaiti says IOJ, an NGO, first began to feed Kuala Lumpur’s homeless in February 2016 under the JOM BEKPES campaign as directed by its patron, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.
“We previously held JOM SAHUR, JOM RAYA and JOM DIWALI that year with JOM CNY held earlier this year and we’ve come full circle with JOM SAHUR and JOM RAYA again.
“On behalf of IOJ and our CEO, Charles Mohan, we would also like to wish all Malaysians, Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri, maaf zahir batin,” she adds.
PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur provided the massive spread JOM RAYA as well as at the previously held JOM DIWALI and JOM CNY events.
“While we are proud to provide high-class service and food to our hotel’s guests, it is a humbling reminder that there are those who can’t afford our hospitality.
“That’s why we share our food for these festive occasions,” says PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur Hotels and Resorts marketing communications assistant director Warren Fernandez.
“It’s also a joy whenever we get to see the students share in the celebrations with the homeless and underprivileged,” he says.
Fernandez also announced the launching of an Instagram competition for this festive season with the hashtag #2gedder2.
“To celebrate this Hari Raya, PARKROYAL KL and IOJ have teamed up to offer a 3-day, 2-night staycation to one lucky contest winner for this Raya month.
“For those interested, they have to follow the @parkroyalkualalumpur and @institutonnjaafar Instagram pages and to see updates regarding the competition,” adds Fernandez.
JOM RAYA is being hosted by local non-Muslim and international students from SEGi College Kuala Lumpur and IOJ Student-Ambassadors from local private and public universities
Pusat Transit Gelandangan was picked as the venue for JOM RAYA as it was set up under a joint initiative by the Federal Territories Minister, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad (MRCB) as a one-stop centre for the government, people, NGOs and companies to provide aid to the homeless.
Among other contributors of JOM RAYA are Gombak Food Delivery Prihatin which provided drinks and Kuala Lumpur City Hall which provided some of the amenities, including tents, tables and chairs, for the event.
IOJ also partners regularly with The Lost Food Project, an NGO which saves surplus food from supermarkets in Malaysia and places it in the hands of the less fortunate; and Yayasan Chow Kit, which cares for underprivileged children in the Chow Kit area.