KUCHING: Residents have been reminded to be honest when raising white flags at their homes asking for assistance.
Sibuti MP Lukanisman Awang Sauni said there had been instances where homes in the constituency raising white flags constantly after being given food aid.
“This is a lesson. I understand many non-government organisations (NGOs), individuals are generous in their donations but don’t tarnish the white flag with dishonesty.
“White flags should not be flown continuously. I’m not angry, I’m merely asking that both of us could help more people. I’m afraid that this attitude will become a habit,” he said in a Facebook post on Thursday (July 8).
Earlier Thursday, the staff from Taman Tunku and Bekenu community service centre distributed food packs.
“I looked at the real time report sent by the officer and found that three recipients had already received food aid last Saturday.
“Checks were made and all three recipients were the same person, and my officer told me that the recipients claimed that they have not received any assistance.”
He said last Saturday, 11 food packs were distributed after recipients waving white flags went viral on social media.
“What I would be worried about is the dishonest attitude when receiving help, it is not wrong to receive more than one (food pack) but I received a response that there was an NGO who distributed food on the same day.
“My food pack uses a plastic bag with the parliament logo on it, so it is quite easy for them to reject it and let the aid be distributed to others because they have received it.”