GEORGE TOWN: May 18, 2008 By Lee Keng Fatt
The state government will continue to provide aid to the needy, including the distribution of free rice to them.
State Health, Welfare and Caring Society Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said many needy people were unaware that such programme was carried out by the authorities.
"We encourage them to come forward so that we can help them," he said.
Phee said the state government handed out 7,642 packets of rice to the needy in the state's five districts on Friday.
"But I know that are still many out there who were left out," he said, adding that although the state government currently faced financial constraints it would not stop them from caring for and helping the people.
"We will provide aid to them in whatever way we can," he said, urging those in the private sectors to also come forward to assist.
Phee was speaking to reporters after opening the "better hearing and speech" programme organised by the LohGuanLye Specialists Centre at the Caring Society complex in Jalan Scotland today.