Wee (seated, centre) at a meeting with his committee members.

KUCHING: All food supplies and other necessities donated to the Federation of Chinese Association of Kuching, Samarahan and Serian Division will be handed over to the State Welfare Department for distribution. 

Federation of Chinese Associations of Kuching, Samarahan and Serian Divisions president Datuk Richard Wee said since the setting up of the Emergency Disaster Response Committee to initiate fundraising drives, the federation had received numerous requests from the public for daily food supplies. 

“However, after receiving instructions from the Sarawak Welfare Department and at the same time, considering the dangers of the highly contagious Covid-19 virus, the federation has decided to follow the government’s directive to transfer these necessities and supplies to the department.

The department will distribute them,” he said in a statement yesterday. 

“We would like to clarify here that the masks collected and received by the federation through donations are for the frontline medical staff and not to be sold to the public,” he said. 

Wee said enthusiastic corporate organisations, businesses and individuals who wished to donate funds to the Emergency Disaster Response Committee could directly remit the funds to the Federation of Kuching and Samarahan Division Chinese Associations, Sarawak’s bank account under Hong Leong Bank at 01600206296. 

“We would like to solemnly clarify that we have not entrusted any person, company or organisation to raise funds and donations from the general public,” he said. 

He said all donations should be sent directly to the collection centre near the federation’s premises from 9am to 4pm on Monday to Saturday and from 10am to 2pm on Sunday. 

“I also appeal the public to support Sarawak General Hospital’s frontliners by donating masks, protective clothing, protective shoes, hats, and other medical supplies which are in urgent need,” he said. 

Wee also reminded the public not to fall into the trap of certain people with bad intentions and “end up making financial losses on the wrong platform”.

For further details, contact the federation at 016-8559581 or 012-8817778.