No one in need of food left unassisted

Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi

KUCHING: The assistance rendered by both the state and federal government has been comprehensive, said Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi.

He said the federal government through its People’s Protection and Economic Recovery Package (Pemulih) food basket programme has complemented the state government’s food aid programme under its own economic stimulus package.

“Through Pemulih, the federal government has approved a total of RM300,000 for each MP including the opposition to help the needy and desperate in the form of basic food items in their respective areas.

“For the Kapit parliamentary constituency, I have distributed a total of RM100,000 for each state constituency. A total of 3,000 families will receive the assistance,” he said in a Facebook post last Saturday.

Nanta said among the food donated in this food basket aid are dried foods and cooking materials that are expected to alleviate the burden of those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Admittedly with relatively limited and insufficient funds, it is quite difficult to help all households in the Kapit parliamentary constituency.

“Therefore, this assistance will be focused on those who are in dire need of food aid in view of the fact that the Sarawak government has provided food basket assistance to all households in the Kapit area recently.

“This clearly shows that none are left out of the state and federal government assistance programmes,” he said.

The Kapit MP said the distribution of the food aid will be conducted within this month until August through a committee at the Kapit parliamentary constituency service centre.

“We hope with the commitment of those at the centre, the effort to reach and assist the people can be implemented smoothly,” he said.