BY PETRONELLA LANGITA FELIX
KUCHING: Food packs under the ‘Program Perpaduan #KitaBersama: RT Cares’ were distributed today (Aug 19).
Padawan Municipal Council (MPP) chairman Lo Khere Chiang officiated at the launching ceremony of the programme which took place at Dewan Perpaduan RPR Batu Kawa here.
The programme was jointly organised by the National Unity and Integration Department and Kuching zone Neighbourhood Watch (KRT).
Lo said he was grateful that Sarawakians unanimously used the KRT as a platform to help those in need, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“If every well-off Sarawakian makes a little donation to help the unfortunate, I believe everyone in the state can live comfortably,” he said at the ceremony.
He also praised Sarawakians and their leaders for staying united amidst the political turmoil that has been going on in the country.
“There are over a million people in Sarawak. If we were to argue and split up over disparate political views, then it will be hard to take care of the state,” he added.
One of the aid recipients, Mona David, 47, from Desa Wira Lot, said she is thankful for the assistance provided through the programme.
“I am grateful for this aid, and it would be of great help to the residence of Desa Wira, especially those who are struggling financially amidst this pandemic,” she said.
Another recipient, Jugah Janton, 61, representing residents from Desa Wira Lorong 5J, also expressed his gratitude for the much needed aid.
“This assistance will benefit us and other people who are in need. It will help ease our financial burden,” he said.
Meanwhile, Jaya Badon, 56, from Kampung Sinar Budi Baru, Batu Kawa said although the food aid may not seem grand, to some, it may be the light at the end of the tunnel.
“It may seem like it is nothing much, but there are people who are greatly affected by the ongoing pandemic and I believe this aid will ease their burdens,” Jaya said.
Also present at the event were National Unity Department officer Suzana Busalam, MPP Zone RT Cares Coordinating Committee chairman Hamidion Bustaman and KRT chairmen and representatives from various MPP zones.