PHNOM PENH, Cambodia A total of RM225,000 (US$57,000) in assistance has been distributed this year in the form of aid packages to 1,600 families across Cambodia through Maybank's Ramadan Relief programme, the Khmer Times reported.

This is the first time Cambodia has been included in Maybank's annual Ramadan Relief programme, and to mark the occasion aid was distributed to 290 families in Kandal province's Chong Kos village, where hundreds of Cham Muslim families live under the poverty line.

Aid packages containing basic food items, such as rice, oil and noodles, were distributed by Maybank Cambodia's implementing non-governmental organisation partner, Cambodia Care, in conjunction with Islamic Relief Malaysia (IRM).

The initiative is part of Maybank's corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme. It began in Malaysia in 2013 and has since been expanded to include all Asean member states. It now covers some 14,000 underprivileged families across ten countries, accounting for RM2.2 million ($557.000) in aid this year alone.

Since its inception in 2013, Maybank Group's Ramadan Relief programme has distributed a total of RM5 million ($1.265 million) in aid to over 75,000 individuals across all 10 Asean member states

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press