State to oversee the giving out of aid

Bayan Baru MP Sim Tze Tzin’s service centre workers loading essential items onto a smaller truck to be distributed to those in need. — Filepic

THE Penang government is monitoring the distribution of aid to the poor during the movement control order (MCO) to ensure it is not disrupted.

State welfare committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said all district Welfare Departments have been told to be on alert if anyone needs aid during the period.

“It is only for two weeks and many can still go out to get provisions.

“Nevertheless, we are monitoring the situation and will extend help if necessary.”

Phee said all assemblymen would also be monitoring the situation in their respective areas if anyone needed help.

Penang Community Care president Wendy Ang said all targeted families have been given two months of provisions this time around and they do not have to return to the centre.

“We are helping 115 families on the island and mainland.

“We have closed our centre in Cannon Street during this period as distribution of food products such as rice, oil, Milo, coffee and canned food have been completed.

“Due to the MCO, we decided that it is better to give them two months of the essentials.

“We are on Facebook, and there are 10 volunteers who would still distribute if anyone needs aid.

“Though this time around most of them can go out to get provisions, we have encouraged them to stay home, ” she said.

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