Penang welfare committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said even before the MCO was enforced, the state government already had a meeting in January where contingency plans were prepared to ensure food security in the state.
“Many farmers associations and companies have been donating food to the state government, which would then distribute them to the vulnerable groups and less fortunate.
“Those who need assistance can contact the Talian Kasih hotline at 15999.
“We will ensure the food aid reaches the caller, irrespective of where they are during the MCO period,” said Phee after receiving food packets for 1,000 families from a food manufacturer at the Mak Mandin Industrial Estate on the mainland.
Phee said the state government distributed 20,000 packets of food rations to the targeted groups on Friday, especially those who had been receiving monthly aid from the state Welfare Department.
“I urge non-governmental groups to coordinate with the local assemblyman before distributing food to the needy.
“They should not do it by themselves as the state government has a better system in food aid distribution.
“A vegetable wholesaler in Bukit Mertajam has been sending vegetables every day through the assemblyman there and I have also received 3,000 chickens to be distributed to the needy,” he said.
On preparations for Ramadan, Phee said he had received 2,000 boxes of dates from a company.
He said a few others have also pledged to supply food items to the deserving recipients during the fasting month.
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