Reps pledge to use allocation wisely


  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 02 Apr 2020

Khaliq: We need proper planning to ensure that the money can last until the situation is better.

ELECTED Penang representatives promised to put the RM30,000 allocation given by the state government to good use.

Bertam assemblyman Khaliq Mehtab Mohd Ishaq thanked Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow for the allocation.

The Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia assemblyman said the money would be used in phases.

“We will need proper planning to ensure that the money can last until the situation gets better, ” he said.

“Under the first phase, we will deliver essential food items to those who need immediate aid while the second phase will be carried out within the next two weeks.”

Khaliq added that Village Community Management Council (MPKK) and Komuniti Harapan Malaysia (KHM) had identified about 150 people who need assistance immediately.

“My staff members are packing food items for them for immediate delivery, ” he said.

Machang Bubok assemblyman Lee Khai Loon said the allocation would be used to buy food and face masks.

“We will use RM20,000 to send food and kitchen items to B40 families until April 14.

“A total of RM5,000 will be used to buy face masks for the people while another RM5,000 will be used to enable MPKK, NGOs, voluntary fire squads and Rela to deliver food to those in dire need and also for disinfection efforts, ” the PKR assemblyman said.

Pengkalan Kota assemblyman Daniel Gooi also said the allocation would be used to buy essential items for the poor and to carry out disinfection works.

“Our priority is to make sure that the poor and needy get food items and daily essentials.

“I’m looking at assisting places of worship, schools and other buildings to disinfect their premises.

“A part of the funds will be allocated to the Lebuh Pantai firefighters who are frontliners.

“However, I will need to speak with the authorities before deciding on the exact amount to be allocated, ” the DAP rep said.

Sungai Dua assemblyman Datuk Muhamad Yusoff Mohd Noor said a portion of the funds would be used to buy food items like rice for single parents, the homeless and those without a fixed income.

“We will also prepare cooked food for the poor.

“Some of the money will be used to buy hand sanitiser and protective gear for the frontliners, ” the Barisan Nasional opposition leader said.

Batu Lancang assemblyman Ong Ah Teong said the RM30,000 allocation would definitely ease the burden of the poor in his constituency.

“A lot of people have been asking for help as they cannot go out for work during the MCO.

“We have a list of poor people who need help and we will buy groceries for them.

“The money will also be used to engage four Rela members to make sure market-goers maintain their social distance at the Jalan Perak and Jelutong markets.

“We will also provide hand sanitiser for people to use before entering the markets, ” he said.

The DAP rep added that some money would also be given to an old folk’s home in the area.

Ong said his team would find a way to distribute the goods without drawing a crowd.

The state government recently announced a RM75mil Covid-19 economic stimulus package targetting the ‘very vulnerable’ groups.

Among the groups are hawkers, B40 families, trishaw riders, taxi and e-hailing drivers as well as tourist guides.

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