RM1.6 mln in food aid for villagers during lockdown

Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah

DALAT: Up till Monday, a total of RM1,616,176 was spent on 5,428 food baskets for 2,714 villagers from 603 families and cooked food for frontliners during lockdown in two villages here.

Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah said Mukah Division Community Welfare Department had channelled baskets of dry food to Kampung Sungai Ud and Kampung Sungai Ud Hilir throughout the enhanced movement control order (EMCO) period from Jan 27 to Feb 15.

She said the food comprised rice, sugar, coffee, biscuits, canned foods, instant noodles, cooking oil, disposal diapers and milk.

“I thank the state government, Mukah Division Health Department, staff and workers of the Dalat Service Centre, police, Malaysian Civil Defence Force (APM), People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela), Welfare Volunteers, Dalat Youth and village and security committees (JKKK) who have been working hard preparing and distributing the food baskets,” she said.

Fatimah, who is also Dalat assemblywoman, said this while officiating at the presentation of 14 cheques for RM200,000 from the prime minister’s special allocation at Dalat Service Centre, Oya near here today.

She said cooked food aid was distributed to 228 frontliners (soldiers, Rela members, police officers) who manned five road blocks and also health workers assisted by community leaders and committee members of the two villages to help register 2,042 villagers for swab tests.

Of the total 603 families, 240 are in Kampung Ud, while 363 are in Kampung Sungai Ud Hilir.

Of the 5,428 food baskets distributed, 2,664 were distributed to Kampung Sungai Ud and 2,764 to Kampung Sungai Ud Hilir.