JOHOR BARU: Some 271 Orang Asli families in the state have received much-needed food aid to ensure they do not go hungry during the movement control order (MCO).
The families which received the aid were from Kampung Sungai Temun Danga, Sayong Pinang, Pasir Intan and Sungai Selangi.
Those from Kampung Sungai Temun Danga received bags of rice, cooking oil, canned food, instant noodles and biscuits.
The aid for the 84 families in the village were given by Nirvana Asia Ltd (Nirvana) southern region, which donated 500 packs of food aid. Aside from this, some 2,500 face masks were also distributed to the families.
Nirvana representative Goh Teck Kuan said the aid was to ensure vulnerable groups like the Orang Asli had food supplies during the MCO.
“These daily necessities will help them through this challenging period, ” he said.
He added the idea for the aid was mooted by Nirvana Asia Group founder and executive chairman Tan Sri Kong Hon Kong.
Assistance for the other 187 Orang Asli families were from joint efforts of a few NGOs and Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA).
MMEA organised the collection of aid and distributed them to the Orang Asli community in the Kota Tinggi area.
MMEA Tanjung Sedili maritime director Captain Mohd Zulfadli Nayan said the NGOs involved were Impian Malaysia, Centre for Orang Asli Concerns and Raleigh International Kuala Lumpur.
“The NGOs and the MMEA worked together to reduce the burden of the villagers during the MCO.
“They are especially vulnerable now since the MCO has been extended to April 28, ” he said.
The MCO was first imposed on March 18 as a measure to prevent the spread of Covid-19.