Community pantry initiative shows Sarawak cares

Fatimah hands over a box of food items to a member of the public while (from left) Lau, Minos and Sim look on. Photo: Ghazali Bujang.

SAMARAHAN: The Community Pantry project undertaken by Kota Samarahan Municipal Council (MPKS) and its strategic partners is a manifestation of public kindness and an exemplary act.

Minister of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah said the initiative exhibits how Sarawakians truly care for one another, especially in this challenging time.

In saying this, she lauded MPKS and its strategic partners for undertaking such initiative that help to ease the burden shouldered by those affected by the enforcement of the movement control order and the pandemic in general.

She said this during the 3pm distribution of food aid under the Community Pantry project 2.0 at Farley Supermarket here on Monday (July 19).

“This is indeed the best act of kindness and sincerity in helping out the community. Those who are benefiting from this programme may come from different backgrounds, but they share a common hope of wanting burdens to be lightened.

“I am proud of how Sarawakians from all walks of life are coming together to help our own people by giving assistance. This is the true spirit of Sarawakians,” she said.

Fatimah hands over a box of food items to a member of the public while (from left) Lau, Minos and Sim look on. Photo: Ghazali Bujang.

Fatimah said the initiative by MPKS and its strategic partners complement the assistance by the government.

She also lauded the presentation of the food aid, noting that it shows sincerity of the givers.

“While the government provides various assistance to the people, it is great to see other parties like the local council, non-governmental organisations and companies are doing their part to complement the efforts in helping those who are affected by the pandemic.

The Community Pantry project 2.0 with seven participating supermarkets was extended until this Thursday (July 22) in conjunction with the Sarawak Day celebration.

Also present during the distribution of food aid were MPKS chairman Datuk Peter Minos, MPKS council member and the Community Pantry project organising chairman Datuk Sim Kiang Chiok, Farley Supermarket managing director Ei Seng Lau and other dignitaries.

(From left) Fatimah, Minos and Sim checking the boxes of food supply at the Community Pantry project 2.0 at Farley Supermarket. Photo: Ghazali Bujang