139,797 food packs delivered to 580 locked down places

Fatimah speaking at a press conference after visiting the Emco operations centre in Kampung Bintawa Ulu and Bintawa Tengah here. Photo: Ummi Munirah

KUCHING: The state government has distributed 139,797 food packs to 580 locations under lockdown throughout Sarawak since March of last year.

Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah said it involved an expenditure of over RM9 million.

“The food packs were distributed to longhouses and other areas along Sungai Ud (Dalat),” she said at a press conference after visiting an enhanced movement control order (EMCO) operations centre and handing over food packs to Kampung Bintawa Ulu and Bintawa Tengah on Monday (Mar 22).

She was satisfied with the well-managed food distribution since the EMCO was enforced on March 16. A total of 4,064 food packs were in the second delivery on Monday.

“To ensure fairness in the distribution, the amount of food given is based on the number of people per family.

“Besides that consideration, all the villagers will receive the food packs. It does not matter whether or not they are from the B40 group or not. Everyone will receive food,” she assured.

Last March 15, SDMC said the EMCO would be enforced in Kampung Bintawa Ulu and Bintawa Tengah from March 16 to March 30.

“The EMCO for Kampung Bintawa, Kuching is effective from 12.01am on Mar 16 to 11.59pm on Mar 29.

“This move was made following the increasing number of positive cases in the village,” said SDMC.