3,800 food packages distributed

Dr Annuar Rapaee

KUCHING: More than 3,800 food assistance packages have been distributed to households in the Nangka constituency in Sibu for current the movement control order (MCO) period.

Education, Science and Technological Research assistant minister Dr Annuar Rapaee said the distribution which is based out of Dewan Lakis Sibu is using the list for the previous food supply distribution during MCO last year.

“Dewan Lakis is the main distribution centre which will call and set appointments with households for them to pick up their food assistance package.

“The distribution centre which will also be set up in villages and longhouses are more focused on distributing the assistances to the identified group.

“Currently, what we are doing is collecting the names of those who might have missed out on the assistance by the state government,” he said in a Facebook post today.

Dr Annuar called on the Sibu folks to alert the distribution centre on any households who needed the food supply assistance but had no means of contacting the authorities.

“I believe many have tried to call and on some days, our lines might be busy and unreachable … however, please try again and remain patient as we do out best to ensure that food supplies remain sufficient and communication between the dwellers.

When supplies are ready for distribution, all households will be called to arrange to pick up time and appointment.

“This is to prevent overcrowding, and with food packages distributions limited to 50 to 100 packages per hour, we urge to the folks to call us and if the lines are still busy, keep trying. This is the system we need to operate with for now,” he said.

In retrospect to the overcrowding at the food distribution centre, Nangka said that is had already subsided and that as of today, both authorities and the public are aware of the guidelines.

“Those who have not received their assistance, we will list them down and their food supply will be distributed respectively.

“I had also asked for the village safety and development committees (JKKK) to give us a list of names of those who might have missed out on the assistances,” he said.