A delegation of press members from Perak visited the enchanting Langkawi island in Kedah over the weekend (1st – 3rd March) at the invitation of the Ipoh City Council (MBI), an initiative by the council to further strengthen ties between the two parties.

 discussion between members of the press and Ipoh City Council Media Officer Mohd Syahrizal Azmi

discussion between members of the press and Ipoh City Council Media Officer Mohd Syahrizal Azmi

This “weekend retreat” kick-started a series of programmes in 2019 for media friends, as a gesture of appreciation for fair and balanced reporting throughout the year.

 discussion between members of the press and Ipoh City Council Media Officer Mohd Syahrizal Azmi

discussion between members of the press and Ipoh City Council Media Officer Mohd Syahrizal Azmi

During the trip, a brainstorming session was conducted to generate ideas for further improvement of City Council events, not only for the local media fraternity, but also the community at large. It is hoped that the fruitful discussion gave fresh ideas to the council.

Another highlight of the trip was a meaningful visit to Rumah Anak-Anak Yatim Nur Kasih, located at Kampung Ulu Melaka, Langkawi.

The MBI Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) event to assist the needy of our community was in collaboration with Kelab Sukan dan Kebajikan Media Perak (KSKMP), in line with the core spirit of the media club for sports and welfare.

 children of Rumah Anak-Anak Yatim Nur Kasih receive fanciful umbrellas courtesy of Syeun Hotel Ipoh

children of Rumah Anak-Anak Yatim Nur Kasih receive fanciful umbrellas courtesy of Syeun Hotel Ipoh

The joint programme received generous sponsorship from the Office of Perak Menteri Besar, Tourism Perak, Syeun Hotel Ipoh, and KSKMP, as well as a delicious hi-tea provided by Hotel Nadias Langkawi.

children enjoy a delicious hi-tea courtesy of Hotel Nadias Langkawi

children enjoy a delicious hi-tea courtesy of Hotel Nadias Langkawi

Media Officer for Ipoh City Council, Mohd Syahrizal Azmi, who led the delegation from Ipoh, said that it was the first time that the City Council collaborated with the media club, in a programme outside Ipoh.

He added, “We always have the welfare of community in our hearts and it is only appropriate and timely that we make a visit to Rumah Anak-Anak Yatim Nur Kasih. We hope our gifts can somewhat lessen the financial responsibility of the home in the coming months.”

L-R: KSKMP Secretary Min, guardian of the home Ustazah Norimah Md Shariff and KSKMP President Rosli Mansor

L-R: KSKMP Secretary Min, guardian of the home Ustazah Norimah Md Shariff and KSKMP President Rosli Mansor

Rumah Anak-Anak Yatim Nur Kasih is a boys’ home, presently with 64 children, from 7 to 9 years old. Established in 2010, it relocated to its current premises at the end of 2017, upon the completion of this building.

The boys of various backgrounds, hailing from Perlis, Penang and Kedah, reside at this home at no cost until they are aged 9. Subsequently, they are placed at other more appropriate children’s homes.

 silat demonstration by some of the children

silat demonstration by some of the children

Raised to be God-fearing individuals, the boys are very independent and help around the home as a team, under the care of volunteers.

President of KSKMP, Rosli Mansor, said, “We hope that our visit cheers up the children, to let them know that there are people out there who care for them.

“Our media club is always ready to lend a hand to those who are in need, and we are thankful to the Ipoh City Council, particularly Council Secretary Encik Mohd Zakuan Zakaria for this opportunity that allowed us to show our love and care beyond Perak borders.”

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