Food aid roll out under BKSS kicks off

Dr Abdul Rahman (second right) presents the food aid to a village representative

KUCHING: The Sarawakku Sayang Special Assistance (BKSS) 6.0 has started in the Pantai Damai state constituency.

Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Islamic Affairs and DBKU) Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi said nearly 4,000 households will receive their assistances starting today (3 June).

“This assistance involves B40 households from 43 villages and housing estates in our area,” he said during the presentation of food supply assistances to village representatives yesterday.

Dr Abdul Rahman who is also the Assistant Minister of Utilities (Water Supply) said households given the food aid is based on the list given by the Village Head (KK).

He said the aid was managed by the Kuching Division Resident’s Office and distributed through the help of the Pantai Damai constituency service centre to recipients.

He added that the Sarawak government’s initiative to provide allocation for the aid was the best measure to ensure that every house is supplied with food despite being affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I hope every layer of society can remain vigilant and not leave the house without important business.

“If there is a need to go out at all, follow every standard operating procedure (SOP) set by the government,” he said.

Last week, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said a sum of RM250,000 will be given to each state constituency in Sarawak to provide food aid to residents during the movement control order (MCO).

“To ensure the welfare of the people in terms of access to basic food supplies, the Sarawak government will implement a food basket program for affected households throughout Sarawak.

“An allocation of RM250,000 will be distributed according to the respective state constituencies which will be managed by Sarawak government agencies.

“The Sarawak government will spend RM25.5 million to implement this measure, including transportation costs,” he said when unveiling the Sarawakku Sayang Special Assistance (BKSS) 6.0 on May 28.