KUALA LUMPUR, April 17, 2018

Around 200 underprivileged children in Kuala Lumpur were treated to a visit by 30 personnel from the United States Navy, an official from the United States Embassy in Malaysia, and 12 personnel from the Malaysian Armed Forces.

This was in conjunction with a visit by the U.S. Naval Ship (USNS) Mercy (T-AH-19) hospital ship which is on tour in the region.

They interacted with, and later served food to, the children at Sekolah Bimbingan Jalinan Kasih (SBJK), KL Krash Pad (KLKP) and Pusat Aktiviti Kanak-kanak (PAKK) with the latter two being under Yayasan Chow Kit (YCK).

“People helping people is at the center of the Pacific Partnership mission, which has as its focus humanitarian support,” said Dean Thompson, deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

“By partnering with our colleagues from the U.S. Navy, Malaysian Armed Forces, and great Community partners like IOJ, we’re embracing the importance of working together to help those in need,” he said.

Joint Force Headquarters Assistant Chief of Staff J7-Exercise First Admiral Chan Peng Cheong said, “I am glad that we are able to share some special time with the children together with our counterparts from the U.S.”

“This is one way for the military to show our care and concern for every level of society especially for the underprivileged children.”

Institut Onn Ja’afar (IOJ) CEO Charles Mohan said this special lunch-time session of IOJ’s JOM BEKPES campaign was held with the help of Malaysia’s Joint Forces Headquarters, the United States Navy, the Royal Malaysian Police, the Education Ministry and SBJK staff, and YCK.

“Our JOM BEKPES campaign has been running since February 2016, are usually held on Wednesday mornings and involve 30 student-volunteers from different local private and public universities and colleges every time,” said Charles.

He also thanked the sponsors of the food, Ann Minarde Agency and Gombak Food Delivery Prihatin, for their generosity.

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