More supermarkets urged to help

Datuk Abdul Karim presents a food packet to a recipient while (from right) MPKS chairman Datuk Peter Minos and MPKS Counsellor Datuk Sim Kiang Chiok look on. Photo: Ghazali Bujang

KOTA SAMARAHAN: Other supermarket chains in other parts of Sarawak have been urged to work together to help ease the burden of underprivileged members of the community.

Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah made the appeal before handing over food packs at the Kongsi Rezeki Community Pantry Programme held at Emart Summer Mall here on Monday (July 5).

He pointed out that the Kongsi Rezeki Community Pantry Programme organised by the Kota Samarahan Municipal Council (MPKS) and the supermarkets here had proven to be beneficial to the people in need.

“We all know that during the movement control order (MCO), many people, especially those with daily paid jobs, are facing difficulties.

“I hope that other supermarkets in Sarawak can also help the needy because this problem is felt by the people throughout Sarawak and Malaysia as a whole,” he said.

Abdul Karim pointed out that the state and federal government were also helping the people through food baskets.

“However, there is no denying that the assistance will not last long because basic necessities such as rice can only last for a week or two for most households.

“Because of that, we welcome programmes such as the Kongsi Rezeki Community Pantry,” he added.

He also commended the participating supermarkets for showing their concern for the people’s welfare. 

“We are always pleased to see many concerned parties coming together to help those in need in view of the MCO,” he said.

During the event, Abdul Karim also joined MPKS chairman Datuk Peter Minos and MPKS councillor Datuk Sim Kiang Chiok in distributing some 100 food packs to the needy here.

The Kongsi Rezeki Community Pantry is expected to benefit more than 2,000 needy folk during its implementation from July 4 to 12.

Those in need can go to the selected supermarkets at 3pm from now until July 12 to receive the food aid.