Committee to ensure no household left out

Awang Tengah

KUCHING: The Sibu Divisional Disaster Management Committee (DDMC) has been tasked to ensure that no deserving household is left out in the food aid distribution programme by the state government.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said Sibu DDMC would be assisted by district-level disaster management committees of Sibu, Kanowit and Selangau to identify those qualified for the food aid.

“We know that the urban area will be a challenge so I had tasked Sibu DDMC to work with relevant departments along with community leaders, village safety and development committees (JKKKs) as well as non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to ensure none are left out of the food aid.

“In terms of its distribution, it will be coordinated by the divisional-level committee so that the food aid can be distributed smoothly,” he told a press conference in Sibu today.

Awang Tengah said the method of distribution had been identified by the committee as the movement control order (MCO) standard operating procedures (SOPs) had to be complied with.

“We can’t distribute it as usual like on normal days. We need to work together with community leaders and NGOs so that the distribution method is in line with the SOPs outlined.

The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) food supply sub-committee chairman said the Sibu Resident were informed that the state government would assist in terms of logistics for the distribution of the food aid to all areas.

“If the (assets) of the army and Bomba (Fire and Rescue Department) are insufficient, we can rent or outsource to send the food supply. If they have to send through rivers, they are authorised to do so using the appropriate methods.

“If they need air transport, they should identify the areas and from our side, we can arrange with the army and Bomba,” he said.

Awang Tengah also said SDMC would continue to link-up with Sibu DDMC for the latter to coordinate its Covid-19 response.