Calling all Good Samaritans to help village under EMCO

Lo (fifth right) witnesses the handover of contributions from Federation of Chinese Associations of Kuching, Samarahan and Serian Divisions and Saberkas Kota Sentosa.

KUCHING: Batu Kitang assemblyman Lo Khere Chiang implored all Good Samaritans to assist Kampung Tematu, Jalan Batu Kitang which has been placed under a 14-day enhanced movement control order (EMCO).

The lockdown will commence from June 29 to July 12 and tomorrow (July 2) is the fourth day of the EMCO.

He commended the initiative and efforts of the Federation of Chinese Associations of Kuching, Samarahan and Serian Divisions in contributing food essentials and drinks for those under the lockdown, as well as Saberkas Kota Sentosa which provided drinks for the frontliners on duty.

He said such efforts would complement the assistance provided by the government.

“I understand that the Federation is also going to come and help again by providing some more after this. We are very honoured and very thankful,” he said.

He said this after witnessing the handover of the contributions at Kampung Tematu on Thursday (July 1), as shown in a video livestreamed on his Facebook page.

In a separate session, he was also present to witness the delivery of food aid from the Sarawak Social Welfare Department (JKMS) for all families residing at Kampung Tematu.

“I feel glad that even though Kampung Tematu has been locked down, sufficient food has been provided by the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government,” he said.

After being briefed by officers on duty at the locality, he pointed out that the swab tests had been offered out for 694 residents of Kampung Tematu on Wednesday.

Lo, who is also Padawan Municipal Council (MPP) chairman, said that there were 151 frontliners from various agencies involved in the enforcement of the EMCO at Kampung Tematu.

He hoped that Kampung Tematu would be safe from Covid-19 and the lockdown would not be extended

“It does not look like Covid-19 is going to leave us very soon. It will be around for a long time so we all have to take care,­” he advised.

Earlier, he witnessed the handover of donations from the Federation of Chinese Associations of Kuching, Samarahan and Serian divisions to victims of the Kampung Haji Baki Block A fire which occurred recently.