Tan Kai (right) helps to stack food to be delivered to needy households.

KUCHING: All those involved in the delivery of the state food aid must ensure that they do not contribute to the spread of Covid-19, said a political secretary to the chief minister, Tan Kai.

“While we want to deliver (the aid) on a mass scale, we also have to ensure that we don’t spread the disease through uncontrolled or unnecessary movements. That would defeat the very purpose of the movement control order (MCO).

“If we don’t manage ourselves and our tasks well, more Sarawakians would die from the pandemic than starvation,” he said in a statement yesterday.

He told that four service centres, namely, N9 Padungan, N10 Pending, N11 Batu Lintang and N12 Kota Sentosa would deliver food aid to more than 6,000 households.

“Due to supply challenges, we started to deliver the food aid in stages according to the urgency of the needs,” he said.

He noted that N14 Batu Kawa Service Centre had already started delivering food to 2,130 needy households.

In the same statement, he urged Democratic Action Party (DAP) Sarawak chairman Chong Chieng Jen to stop politicking.

“Now is the time to save Sarawakians from Covid-19. No need to show that you are carrying rice as a labourer,” he said.

On Sunday, Chong claimed that more than 95 per cent of those in the name lists submitted by DAP Sarawak to the State Welfare Department have yet to receive the food aid.