FOOD aid finally arrived yesterday for some 300 residents at Plaza Hentian Kajang, which is under enhanced movement control order (MCO).
The enhanced MCO was enforced from Oct 28 to Nov 10 after 63 out of 909 people there tested positive for Covid-19.
Sungai Ramal assemblyman Mazwan Johar said it was unclear whether all residents had enough food to last them until Nov 10.
He said as of Nov 1, no food items was channelled to residents.
“My service centre provided 300 food packs, including food items such as rice, oil, sugar, canned goods and eggs to the locals.
“But we do not know the actual number of people, including foreigners, who live within the commercial centre,” he said, adding he was informed that there were around 500 residential units above the shoplots.
StarMetro reported on Oct 30 that 7,500 residents around the Plaza Hentian Kajang area were affected by the enhanced MCO.
Mazwan said the Bangi and Hulu Langat parliamentary service centres also contributed food packs.
Checks by StarMetro yesterday showed that there was very little activity in the area behind the barbed wires, aside from vehicles ferrying frontliners.
There were deliverymen carrying gas cylinders and ice packs as well as food delivery riders handing over orders just before lunch hour.
Meanwhile, residents queued up and adhered to physical distancing while collecting their food packs from Mohd Chan Welfare Organisation (PKMC) volunteers, as the police kept a close watch.
PKMC volunteer Mohd Fadzil Ng Abdullah said the management was thankful to the patrons of Mohd Chan restaurants as part of the proceeds from food sales had been channelled to the organisation to enable the food aid.
“We did crowdfunding and internal funding to put together the food packs.
“We will see how we can distribute more hot food and supplies,” he said.
The Malaysian Consultative Council of Islamic Organisation (Mapim) loaned two heavy-duty air coolers for the comfort of frontliners on duty at Plaza Hentian Kajang.
Mapim secretary-general Zulhanis Zainol said, “We will look into the needs of other areas placed under enhanced MCO as well.