More aid arrives at prison

Sim (in white) handing over food items to army personnel manning a roadblock at Penang Remand Prison. — Photos: LIM BENG TATT/The Star

HELP is at hand for Penang Remand Prison staff and their families who are affected by the enhanced movement control order (MCO).

This time, Penang PKR handed over essentials to 120 families of prison staff members as they entered the 10th day of the enhanced MCO imposed on the area.

State PKR deputy chief Sim Tze Tzin who was at the handover said the prison staff and their families should be given support and sympathy as they were now at the frontline battling Covid-19.

“Because of this, they are suffering now with their families being quarantined and receiving a lot of negativity from the public who do not understand the situation at the prison, ” he said.

Sim said the public should come forward to help those affected by the enhanced MCO.

He said PKR handed food packs to Penang Remand Prison representative Insp Mohd Syafiq Yusoff outside the prison’s main entrance.

Among the items donated were rice, sugar, eggs, canned sardines, cooking oil, raisins, mineral water and soft drinks worth about RM7,500.

Sim’s service centre members delivering aid to the families.Sim’s service centre members delivering aid to the families.

“We hope the foodstuff will help to ease the burden of the families and we hope they can be resilient until Covid-19 is no longer a problem here, ” he said.

Also present at the handover were state PKR secretary Zulkiefly Saad and several other PKR division leaders.

This is the third time PKR has gone forward to help the prison staff since the enhanced MCO was imposed there on Oct 15.

As of Saturday, the Penang Remand Prison cluster recorded a total of 454 cases, all involving inmates.

Last Thursday, Seberang Prai Prison and its staff quarters were also put under an enhanced MCO for 14 days until Nov 4.

There are a total of 3,262 individuals at Seberang Prai Prison, consisting of 2,110 prisoners, 1,000 prison staff members and families staying in the quarters, 120 prison staff members not staying at the quarters as well as 32 public servants.

As of Saturday, 101 inmates and three prison staff members have tested positive for Covid-19.

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