government’s food basket initiative lauded

Ibrahim (right) and Petra Jaya MP, Datuk Sri Fadillah Yusof (left) with one of the recipients of the food baskets, Mohammad Khalriz Afif Mohammad Azizi,33. Photo: Ghazali Bujang.

KUCHING: Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Satok division deputy chief Datuk Ibrahim Baki has commended the federal government’s effort in providing the food basket initiative through the National People’s Well-Being and Economic Recovery Package (Pemulih).

He said that it was a good deed by the government in view of the hardships faced by the people amid the movement control order (MCO).

“The welfare of the people must come first and this initiative definitely serves the purpose of helping those in need,” he said after attending the distribution of the food baskets at Kampung Sungai Bedil Besar yesterday (July 10).

He pointed out that RM300,000 fund provided by the Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was not only given to the MPs of the government but also to MPs of the opposition as well.

“This initiative through Pemulih also goes beyond political issues because our main purpose is to ensure that everyone in need receive the help regardless their political affiliation, religion and race.

“Our government is a caring government with the sole purpose of helping those in need.

“We do not want any political trick in this country. We want a stable government and we must support our government regardless of what has been said by others,” he said.

Asked about the remarks by certain politicians that Prime Minister was not skilled at managing the crisis during the Covid-19 pandemic, Ibrahim said that everyone was entitled to their own opinion.

“It is not about whether the person is good or bad. The issue now is the government of the day has taken all the initiatives to help the country.

“Nobody as a leader wants to fail in managing Covid-19 so there is no such thing as failure in this situation,” he said.

Ibrahim stressed that all leaders were trying their best to help the people while managing the pandemic.

“It is not only Malaysia that are facing these challenges,  the pandemic is worldwide. You cannot just put the blame on the government as it has been doing its best,” he said.

He added that the government was focusing on vaccinating the people in the country so that 80 percent herd immunity could be achieved.

“When we reach the target, hopefully the Covid-19 cases will decrease, but this also requires us to be patient and have self-discipline. So, there is no such thing as a failed government.

“The prime minister, the respective ministers in charge and the government today have done their best to ensure that all citizens are vaccinated.

“So that when the time comes, we will be safe but this is provided that the people remain united and work together,” said Ibrahim.