Osman: Fewer people seeking aid during recovery MCO

Osman (left) giving out Hari Raya Haji aid to a recipient during the event.

JOHOR BARU: The number of people seeking aid in the Kempas Zone has reduced during the recovery movement control order which started on June 10.

The phase will end on Aug 31.

Kempas assemblyman Datuk Osman Sapian said some 2,000 people from the low-income group and single mothers had benefited from Johor Food Bank programme throughout the MCO which started on March 18.

He said about RM170,000 was allocated for the initiative to help those affected by the MCO.

Funds for the programme was from the Johor Welfare Department, Johor Islamic Religious Council and non-governmental organisations.

“It helped to ease their financial burden.

“Some of the recipients had lost their source of income during the MCO, ’’ explained Osman after handing over eight cows to mosques in the Kempas Zone here for Hari Raya Haji.

At the event, some 100 single mothers received goodies donated by Persatuan Usahawan Muslimah Johor.

He said most of the recipients seeking aid from the Food Bank were from Lembah Permai People’s Housing Project (PPR) as well as squatters from Permatang areas.

Osman said during the recovery phase, people were able to earn an income and became less dependent on aid.

“Most of them, like the roadside food stall operators, were affected when ordered to close during the initial phase of the MCO, ” he said.

The former Johor mentri besar hoped the state government would continue to give assistance to low- income families and single mothers post-Covid 19.

He said the number of people from groups in need of help there could increase due to economic uncertainties following the pandemic. – By ZAZALI MUSA

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