Food packages delivered via army vehicles

Abang Johari handing food aid to Senator Robert Lau for the Bawang Assan constituency.

Army trucks and lorries have been used to quickly send food packages to 73,000 households in Sarawak.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg handed over the food packages symbolically in a ceremony to representatives of the 11 state constituencies in Sibu, Selangau and Kanowit.

The food packages costing RM5.1mil are for those hardest hit by the MCO 2.0.

Each package, worth RM70, consists of cooking oil, rice, sugar, flour, sardines, biscuits, tea and instant noodles.

At the press conference after the event, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan said the Sibu Disaster Management Committee — in collaboration with various stakeholders, including district officers, community leaders, Village Security and Development Committee (JKKK) and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) — had identified the households to receive the food aid.

“The allocation for the provision of food essentials was channelled to Sibu Disaster Management Committee, ” he said.

He added that in light of the MCO being in force, the distribution of food aid would be carried out in compliance with the standard operating procedures and involved various agencies such as Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry, Fire and Rescue Department, Civil Defence Force, local authorities, community leaders and NGOs.

As for the logistics, Awang Tengah said the agencies implementing the effort might also make additional arrangements such as outsourcing services for land, air and water transportation in the event that they had sufficient assets to be mobilised for the delivery.

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