Mydin treat for 50 poor kids

Festive treat: Jerlun Puteri Umno member Normadiah Din (left) helping Siti Nurhusna pick a Raya outfit at the Mydin Wholesale Hypermarket Bukit Jambul at Bayan Baru, George Town, Penang.
GEORGE TOWN: Nine-year-old Siti Nurhusna Norzaimi was ecstatic to have the opportunity to indulge in a pastime loved by women – shopping.She and 49 other underprivileged children from Jerlun in Kedah shopped for their new Hari Raya gear for free, courtesy of Mydin Wholesale Hypermarket Bukit Jambul at Bayan Baru here on Friday.

Siti Nurhusna, who was seen happily trying out the tudung and other attire, said she rarely went shopping.“My parents cannot afford to take us shopping. I am happy that I am able to choose beautiful clothes,” said the girl, who studies at SK Sanglang in Jerlun.Siti Nurhusna, whose father had been paralysed since last year after suffering a stroke, said her mother was an odd job worker at a farm.Other children at the outing, which was jointly organised by Jerlun Puteri Umno, were twin brothers Ahmad and Azim Sazali.

The seven-year-old boys, who are studying at SK Sanglang, were seen admiring the variety of songkok on display.Elder twin Ahmad said the clothes were nice and they were thankful for the chance to do some shopping. Mydin Wholesale Hypermarket general manager Azmin Sadur­uddin said this was the second year the hypermarket had sponsored Hari Raya shopping for underprivileged children.“We budgeted around RM100 per child and they are free to choose clothes, songkok, tudung, kain sampin, shoes and socks from the store.

All courtesy of Mydin Mohamad Holdings Berhad,” he said.Jerlun Puteri Umno acting chief Siti Hajar Ahmad Hayazi said the children, aged between seven and 12, were ferried in two buses for the charity event.“We would like the children to experience the satisfaction of choosing their own clothes and we would like to thank the hypermarket for making these children happy,” she said.