RM5.1 million for food aid

Abang Johari (second left, second row) hands over the food aid to Senator Robert Lau Hui Yew.

KUCHING: The state government has allocated RM5.1 million to purchase food items for 73,000 households in Sibu, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

“Food supplies will be distributed no later than Jan 20 with strict compliance to the movement control order (MCO) standard operating procedures (SOPs).

“The state government, in collaboration with federal Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP), will ensure that the basic food stock is adequate,” he said after officiating at the launch of the food aid distribution today.

The food aid for each household will cost RM70 per pack with it containing 10kg rice, 2kg sugar, 1kg flour, two large can of sardines, a packet of tea or coffee, a 2kg pack of cooking oil, a packet of biscuits and a packet of instant noodles.

Following the enforcement of MCO in Sibu Division, the state government, through the food supply sub-committee, met on Jan 18 to formulate a strategy to coordinate the distribution of food aid.

Sibu Divisional Disaster Management Committee (DDMC) will work with district offices, community leaders, village safety and development committees (JKKKs) and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to identify households in need of food assistance.

The committee will be assisted by district-level disaster management committees of Sibu, Selangau and Kanowit.

The distribution will involve several agencies such as KPDNHEP, Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba), Civil Defence Force (APM), the army, local authorities, community leaders, JKKK and NGOs.

Meanwhile, Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Ministry, through the Sarawak Social Welfare Department (JKMS), is also distributing basic food supplies and other necessities.

These include milk, disposable diapers and sanitary pads to about 700 families involving 3,800 people in 32 longhouses.

In addition, cooked food was also distributed to 52 frontline workers at one quarantine centre and 46 frontline workers on duty manning roadblocks at four locations in Sibu district.