BATU PAHAT: The Ayer Hitam parliamentary service centre is actively helping the less fortunate among the constituents, especially during the movement control order (MCO).
Its MP Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said the centre had successfully channelled 7,562 food packages including fruits and vegetables to more than 4,000 families within his constituency since March 23.
“The fruits and vegetables are donated by the public and we distribute them to the needy.
“There were some families who received the aid twice from us to help them through the MCO.“Besides that, we also gave out 40,000 face masks to the public in Ayer Hitam as well as other personal protective equipment (PPE) worth more than RM30,000 to hospitals and health clinics, ” he added.
Dr Wee, who is also the MCA president and Transport Minister, said this after holding a dialogue session with local tourism industry players and business owners in Yong Peng here.
He said PPE were given to barbershops, the police and firemen to protect them in their jobs amid Covid-19 outbreak.
About RM144,000 was donated to 33 schools in the area for them to take the necessary precautions against Covid-19.
“Besides that, we channelled RM114,000 to 132 surau and mosques, ” he added.
Meanwhile, in the dialogue session, Dr Wee said an action committee had been set up among the local tourism players and businesses in Yong Peng as part of efforts to revive the local economy after Covid-19.He said there were grievances from them including being unable to operate their business normally during the MCO.
“For us, the standard operating procedures (SOP) such as taking body temperatures and practising social distancing should be adhered to.
“We will not compromise as the National Security Council has made it very clear.
“But there seem to be some confusion coming from the state level, and there must be clarity when it comes to the SOP, ” he added
Dr Wee pointed out that Ayer Hitam, in particular Yong Peng, was a popular destination among local and foreign tourists.He said the area was well known for its local delicacies as well as places of worship and souvenirs, which attracted a large number of tourists.
“During the MCO, local businesses here were hit hard. They are slowly recovering.
“When I was holding the new village portfolio in 2006, we introduced the Visit Yong Peng programme where as part of its key performance index, we targetted 200,000 visitors annually, ” he said, adding that they were looking at reviving the programme.
Dr Wee said the action committee would hold a discussion to find new ways to boost the local tourism industry.
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