KUALA LUMPUR, May 18, 2018

“Usually we serve breakfast on Wednesday mornings but during Ramadhan, we instead provide the homeless with sahur (a pre-dawn meal),” says Institut Onn Ja’afar (IOJ) CEO Charles Mohan.

Charles was referring to IOJ’s switch from its JOM BEKPES campaign, a weekly morning soup kitchen that has been feeding 250 underprivileged children and homeless people for the past three years, to its third JOM SAHUR campaign, held during the Muslim fasting month.

“We rope in student-volunteers from local public and private universities to give out the food and socialise with those who receive it.

“In this way, the homeless receive food but are also reminded that society, and the youth in particular, still cares for them.

“Meanwhile, the students are exposed to a new perspective and are inculcated with the values of the late Datuk Seri Onn Ja’afar who strived for unity across all ethnicities and championed the less fortunate no matter the cost to himself,” says Charles.

Last night, starting 11.00pm, 31 student-volunteers from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s (UKM) Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (FSSK) gathered at IOJ’s Volunteer Centre in Kuala Lumpur to prepare 300 packages food and sort clothing before heading out.

The food, sponsored by Pelaburan Mara Berhad, was given out at Pusat Transit Gelandangan, 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, and in front of Yayasan Chow Kit’s KL Krash Pad on Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman.

When met at Pusat Transit Gelandangan, Pelaburan MARA Berhad Group CEO Datuk Nazim Rahman said they had sponsored a dozen of IOJ’s soup kitchens this year alone.

“We have sponsored 10 JOM BEKPES sessions, a JOM CNY session for Chinese New
Year and this one makes 12. We take part in these sessions from time-to- time and have 11 of our staff serving here today”, says Nazim.

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”, Nazim added.

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