MCO: Extra RM15 mln for food aid to needy

Awang Tengah(top left panel) chairs the virtual Food Supply Chain Sub-Committee meeting.

KUCHING: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg has allocated an additional RM15 million to provide food aid to the needy during the movement control order (MCO).

This is on top of the allocation already provided under the Sarawakku Sayang Special Assistance (BKSS) 6.0 package.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said under the recently announced BKSS 6.0 package, RM20.5 million was allocated for food aid along with another RM5 million to cover transportation costs.

He said this therefore came to a total allocation of RM35.5 million to provide food aid.

“This is due to the increase in the number of recipients,” said Awang Tengah, who is also Food Supply Chain Sub-Committee chairman, today.

He said he had chaired sub-committee’s meeting virtually today, adding that they had decided that the funds will be channelled to the Divisional Disaster Management Committees (DDMCs).

“The recipients of this food aid will be mainly from the B40 group. The DDMCs will compile the list of recipients of this food aid,” he said.

He said the DDMCs will manage the distribution of the food aid with the support of service centres, community leaders, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), local councils, and relevant government agencies such as the Sarawak Social Welfare Department (JKMS), Public Works Department (JKR), Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba), and Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM).

He said the food items would be decided by the DDMCs according to the allocation given to each constituency.

“The DDMCs will also handle the procurement of the food items,” said Awang Tengah, who is also Second Minister of Urban Development and Natural Resources.

“The process of the distribution will comply strictly with the current standard operating procedures (SOPs),” he assured.