25,000 in Petra Jaya benefit from government aid

KUCHING: A total of 25,035 households in the Petra Jaya parliamentary constituency have benefitted from assistance rendered by the state and federal governments.

Senior Minister (Works) Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof said this includes aid under the Pemulih food basket programme, the Sarawakku Sayang Special Assistance Package (BKSS) 6.0 food aid programme and allocations from the parliamentary service centre.

“Besides the 5,000 households under the Pemulih food basket programme in Petra Jaya, 17,000 households in the constituency have also benefitted from the BKSS 6.0 food aid allocated by the Sarawak government through the assemblymen.

“Apart from that, between January and June this year, 3,035 households received assistance worth RM182,100 from the Petra Jaya parliamentary service centre.

“This means 25,035 households, comprising the target group, in the Petra Jaya parliamentary constituency have received assistance through BKSS 6.0, Pemulih and service centre allocations since the beginning of this year,” he said in a Facebook post, commenting on the progress of the food aid programme in the constituency today (July 15).

Fadillah said besides food items under Pemulih, other assistance, namely wheelchairs, walking frames, diapers and other necessities were also presented recently.

“My officers at the service centre continue to deliver food baskets to those quarantined due to Covid-19, the hardcore poor group registered under eKasih, the B40 group as well as those who lost their jobs and needed help.

“The form of aid distributed depends on the needs of the target group — not only in the form of food but also the needs of babies and the elderly. In fact, the P.194 Petra Jaya service centre will also increase the allocation as needed,” he said.

The Petra Jaya MP said the service centre always welcomes information from the public on residents who may have dropped out of the list of aid recipients, or been overlooked.

“Hopefully, it can ease the burden of the people, especially the target group, in facing the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.