Food aid to alleviate people’s burden

Harden (second left) hands over the food aid to one of the villages in the Simanggang constituency.

KUCHING: The distribution of food baskets under the Sarawakku Sayang Special Aid 6.0 (BKSS) package will help to alleviate the burden of the people, said Sri Aman Division Disaster Management Committee (DDMC) advisor Datuk Francis Harden Hollis.

He said the assistance are for those whose lives are affected by the implementation of the movement control order (MCO).

“Fortunately, some businesses selling food and daily necessities are still allowed to operate in accordance to the ruling by the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC).

“While the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government’s aid in distributing food items is not an absolute solution, it is hoped that it will alleviate the burden of the people. Moreover, it also demonstrates the government’s concern for the people,” he added.

The Simanggang assemblyman also reminded the people living in rural areas to register for the Covid-19 vaccination in order to achieve herd immunity.

“I would like to remind people in longhouses to register for the vaccination and I would also like to call on the village chiefs as well as the village development and security committees to take action to coordinate the registration process,” he said.

He also advised the residents of rural areas to adhere to the standard operating procedures set by the government in order to curb the spread of the virus.

“All parties must play their roles in order to break the Covid-19 chain,” he said.

Within the Simanggang constituency, the distribution of food baskets started from Wednesday (June 9), involving 951 household heads from 56 longhouses in the Ulu Undop, Batu Lintang, Menalang and Sengat areas as recorded by Sri Aman DDMC.

The state government previously approved an allocation of RM250,000 for all 82 state constituencies and during the first enforcement of the MCO, an allocation of RM200,000 were given to each state constituency to ease the burden of the B40 group.