Selangor government is allocating RM5mil to help the urban poor through a food bank initiative.
The Bingkisan Mesra Selangor programme will see around RM1mil from the total being channelled to about 7,900 school bus and taxi drivers in the state.
Speaking at the launch of the programme, Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari said the state government wanted to ensure that no one in the community would suffer because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“This programme started with the handing over of food baskets by Selayang Municipal Council on March 9 which involved 1,065 beneficiaries.
“The distribution will progress with the remaining 11 local councils in Selangor in close cooperation with Food Bank Foundation Malaysia, which is the supplier of food baskets for this target group.
“Today, the food basket will reach school bus and taxi drivers in the state, ” he said in his speech after presenting food items outside the State Secretariat building in Shah Alam.
Also present were Selangor housing and urban well-being, entrepreneur development committee chairman Rodziah Ismail, State Secretary Datuk Nor Azmie Diron and Selangor finance officer Datuk Haris Kasim.
The food basket comprises essential items such as rice, sugar, cooking oil, flour, biscuits, noodles, canned sardines, condensed milk and condiments.
Amirudin said the food bank initiative would remain in the state government’s agenda to ease the people’s burden.
He said this commitment was reflected in the announcement of financial assistance under Pakej Kita Selangor amounting to more than RM73.87mil.
He added that RM1.3mil from that sum had been allocated specifically for the distribution of food baskets to school bus and taxi drivers, KDEB Waste Management Sdn Bhd drivers, people’s housing project residents and Orang Asli.
Earlier in her speech, Rodziah said the food basket distribution benefitted 6,318 taxi drivers and 1,601 school bus drivers. — By AIDA AHMAD