Reps dole out food aid

Datuk Dr Jerip Susil

KUCHING: Transport Assistant Minister Datuk Dr Jerip Susil will be distributing essential food items to his constituents to ease the hardship they are facing following the Restricted Movement Order imposed by the government since March 18 in combating Covid-19 pandemic.

Dr Jerip, who is Mambong assemblyman, said the initiative was to help those affected families especially daily paid workers who lost their income as they have to stay home in compliance with the order.

“Those daily paid workers are now having no source of income to support their families, hence the food parcels that we are going to distribute to them will help to lighten their hardship,” Dr Jerip said.

He urged all village headmen in his constituency to submit the name of the head of affected families to his special officer Keron Mapus.

He said the delivery of the food items will be coordinated by his office, whereby suppliers will be appointed to deliver them to the village headmen, who will then get his team to distribute to the recipients at their respective village.

Dr Jerip said he had also received food parcels from a number of generous donors.

“To all the generous donors, I wish to thank you on behalf of the recipients,” he added.

Meanwhile Tasik Biru assemblyman Datuk Henry Harry Jinep has launched a similar initiative in his constituency by distributing essential food items to 436 recipients from 27 villages since Monday.

Bau District Officer Aneila Siam said her office was still compiling the list of recipients from another 22 villages as there are total of 49 villages under the Tasik Biru constituency.

The delivery process is coordinated by the Bau District Office, assisted by personnel from the Malaysia Civil Defence (APM).