Face masks to be distributed to the poor first

Siaw (third from left) receiving the mask from Ying while the other members of the association look on.

SIBU: Residents who have yet to receive face masks from the state government are urged to exercise patience as it may take a little time for the items to reach them.

Sibu Resident Charles Siaw said Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) and Sibu Rural District Council (SRDC) had been tasked to distribute the face masks to households.

For the rural area, the respective village development committees are handling the distribution.

“The distribution of the face masks is in progress.

“Priority is given to the poor.

“As for the rest, they need to wait as the distribution cannot be done in one go, ” he said after receiving 10,000 face masks from the Federation of Foochow Association of Malaysia.

Siaw was responding to complaints that many people in Sibu had yet to receive the face masks, which are used as a preventive measure against Covid-19.

When asked, he said a total of 50,000 packs of four pieces each were allocated for the townspeople.

On the donation from China through the Foochow association, he said the masks were for the 1,200 frontliners comprising Rela members and the police in the division.

They include 995 frontliners in Sibu, 31 in Selangau and 143 in Kanowit.

“The donation today acts a supplement to what we have received from the Sarawak government for 1,200 frontliners.

“We expect it to last a few weeks, ” he added.

At the ceremony, Siaw received the items from the association’s welfare officer Ying Tieng Chai.

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