Food baskets for 25 visually impaired people

Fatimah (second left) handing over the food basket to Nur Atirah Voon Abdullah as Sarawak Women and Family Council member Raja Noor Raja Kamil (left) and Mathew Chin from the Ministry of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development (right) look on. Photo: Ramidi Subari

KUCHING: Twenty-five visually impaired people with disabilities received food baskets from corporate bodies through the Ministry of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development today.

Each food basket contains two bags of rice, eggs, cooking oil, sugar, tea, coffee, biscuits, canned food, milk, noodles, flour and vegetables.

The food was collected by the Sarawak Women Council from various corporate bodies and presented by Minister of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah at the Youth and Sports Complex here.

Today’s recipients were the third batch to receive the food baskets.

Fatimah thanked the Sarawak Women Council for seeking food donations from corporate bodies.

Fatimah (second left) addressing the food basket recipients. Also seen (left) Sarawak Women and Family Council member Raja Noor Raja Kamil and (right) Mathew Chin from the Ministry of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development. Photo: Ramidi Subari

She pointed out various forms of assistance were also offered to disabled people by the state and federal governments under the 2021 Budget.  

Fatimah also reminded the athletes for Para Sukma that they were allowed to continue with their training but must follow the standard operating procedures (SOPs) set by the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC).

“Hopefully the allowance given to the athletes will lessen their burden during the Covid-19 pandemic,” she added.

Chairman of Society of the Blind Malaysia Sarawak, Isyak Ngau thanked the ministry and Fatimah for the food assistance.

“I also want to thank the state government for remembering us,” he said.

Isyak appealed to the state government to reconsider the reopening of massage centres operated by blind masseurs.

“I hope the state government and SDMC will take consider our appeal as it is the main source of our income,” he added.