KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 31 — Umno’s flamboyant Sungai Besar division chief Datuk Seri Jamal Yunos is venturing away from his usual fiery antics, this time with a free food programme.
Jamal has been operating Restaurant Jamuan Rakyat, a charity restaurant that feeds the poor and underprivileged in Jalan Pahang, Kuala Lumpur.
He opened a second outlet in his hometown of Sekinchan, Selangor, last week.
“I really like cooking and my hobby is cooking. I personally sourced 40 chickens and cooked it myself using my own chicken curry recipe,” he said at the launch of the second outlet at his Sekin Hotel and Resort, which had been shuttered by the Selangor government previously.
The Sekinchan outlet was opened together with the so-called coalition of 1Malaysia NGOs, also known as the Red Shirts Movement, following encouraging response.
The restaurant offers dishes such as chilli fish, chicken curry, mixed vegetables, sambal belacan and teh ‘O’ to patrons who may eat their fill without charge, but must clean up after themselves.
The restaurant opens from Monday till Friday, with patrons queueing up from 12.30pm until 2pm, or until the 600 daily portions run out.
“Except foreigners, all Malaysians regardless of faith, race and political leanings may come. DAP, PKR and PAS members can come too, we don’t mind.
“If (Datuk Seri) Azmin Ali comes, and wants to drop by and eat here even, we welcome him,” Jamal said, referring to the Selangor mentri besar whom the former regularly protests.
“If YB Ng Suee Lim (DAP’s Sekinchan MP) wants to come, just let know, there is no problem. I will cook. He can see my cooking skills for himself,” Jamal added.
To continue his venture, Jamal said he welcomes contributions of essentials such as rice, oil, sugar, vegetables and fish.
He added that the free food project in Kuala Lumpur has received continuing support, increasing its demand for rice from 100kg to 280kg.
“At first we estimated 1,000 people, but as the days pass, we have been cooking 280 kilogrammes of rice a day, that serves as estimate of 3,000 people,” Jamal said.