There has been some kerfuffle over the Waz Lian – Hotel Sentral food bank pre-registration that went viral today.
Here is a quick look at what happened, and why Uncle Kentang got mixed up with it!
Waz Lian – Hotel Sentral Food Bank Mix-Up? What’s Going On?
On 24 June 2021, a Google Forms link was shared on Facebook, asking people to sign up for free food bags :
Today, Kuan Chee Heng, a social activist who is popularly known as Uncle Kentang, issued a message :
The first thing that came to my mind – this is another scam. But I took a closer look, and discovered that it was just a mix-up!
Waz Lian – Hotel Sentral Food Bank Mix-Up Explained!
The truth is this is a legitimate food bank drive organised by the Waz Lian Foundation and the Hotel Sentral Group.
Those who pre-registered for this food bank will receive a bag of food in July 2021 at six hotels under the Hotel Sentral Group in Kuala Lumpur, Melaka, Johor Bahru, Penang, Kuantan and Kelantan.
They received 10,000 applications, and was forced to close registration at around 5 PM on 29 June 2021.
That’s how many people desperately need help to sustain themselves during the FMCO 3.0 lockdown…
Unfortunately, some “kind soul” added this following section to the original message, and then shared it on WhatsApp where it went viral.
In that additional section, the person asked people to call “Konsang Wong” for free food, and listed Kuan Chee Heng’s telephone numbers.
No wonder Uncle Kentang received more than 1000 calls. People probably thought he was organising this food bank!
I do not know if the person did it maliciously or accidentally. But it is obvious that Uncle Kentang (Kuan Chee Heng) is not Konsang Wong.
The telephone numbers for Tzu Chi are also wrong. They are for a vegetarian cafe, not Tzu Chi!
And the entire section had NOTHING to do with the Waz Lian – Hotel Sentral food bank drive.
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