STAFF and inmates of Simpang Renggam Prison in Johor, which was placed under lockdown because of Covid-19 cases, received a much-needed consignment of personal protective equipment (PPE) from Transport Minister and Ayer Hitam MP Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
The prison and its staff quarters were put under enhanced movement control order from Feb 1 to 14 following an outbreak of Covid-19 cases.
After the prison’s temporary closure ended recently, its management reached out to Dr Wee for assistance.
Dr Wee’s political secretary Ling Tian Soon said the items distributed included 300 full sets of PPE, 8,000 face masks, 2,000 aprons, 2,000 pairs of plastic gloves and 30 bottles of hand sanitiser.
“We also brought along about one tonne each of vegetables and fruits, which were sponsored by generous traders, 100 bags of rice, 100 bottles of cooking oil and 10 boxes of biscuits for the prison.
“We hope our gesture will motivate them to fight Covid-19, ” he said.
On a separate matter, Ling, who is also Johor MCA Youth chief, thanked the state government for channelling RM20.5mil in student assistance to the state Education Department under Johor Budget 2021.
He expressed confidence that the “Bantuan Awal Persekolahan” aid, which was recently announced by Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad, could help to reduce parents’ burden.
“I understand that more than 200,000 primary and secondary school students, from families with a household income of between RM3,000 and RM7,000, will be receiving the one-off aid worth RM100 each.
“Though the amount is small, I am sure that it will come in handy for these families. It represents the state government’s concern for the students and their parents.
“It is also a form of motivation for them to work hard in their studies and the state’s way of making sure that nobody is left behind in terms of education, ” he said.