KUCHING: More than 80 percent of the 13,800 needy households in Tasik Biru and Opar constituencies under the Mas Gading parliamentary seat have benefitted from the government food assistance since the imposition of the movement control order (MCO) period on March 18.
Team N2 Tasik Biru Elected Representative Service Centre has been working tirelessly in coordinating with both Bau and Lundu District Offices and the respective community leaders with the distribution.
“So far, we have helped to distribute thousands of food packets, estimated to cost RM480,500, to needy households in the two constituencies.
“We’ve easily covered more than 80 percent of the needy households in Tasik Biru and Opar. This does not count the food donation given direct to the recipients by corporate firms, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and individuals,” said a member of the team.
Tasik Biru assemblyman Datuk Henry Harry Jinep when contacted on the progress of the MCO food aid distribution confirmed that his N2 service centre assisted with the coordinating and distributing, covering both the Tasik Biru and Opar constituencies.
He said the food aid utilised the RM200,000 allocation for each constituency provided by the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) state government.
In addition, there were also allocations made available by the federal government and donations from NGOs, corporation organisations and caring individuals, he said, adding many among the food contributors had requested anonymity while some sent the food directly to the recipients.
He thanked every member of N2 Tasik Biru Service Centre for their hard work and sacrifices to ensure that the needy households would get their basic food rations during the MCO period.
“I also want to express my gratitude and ‘thank you’ to all the employees of government agencies in Bau which had been working closely and tirelessly to help keep Bau and Lundu safe and secured.
They are our heroes and frontliners under the leadership of the Bau District Officer (Anielia Siam) and Lundu District Officer (Gustian Durani).
Gustian when contacted said on the whole, some 4,000 packets of food assistance, utilising the RM200,000 state government allocation, had been distributed to the needy households in Opar constituency.
“We have helped to coordinate the distribution of food assistance made available by the federal government through the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma), State Welfare Department, Lundu Islamic Welfare Trust Board (Lakil), Tabung Baitumal, private firms and individuals.”