Food basket aid to benefit thousands in state

Abang Johari unveiled the Bantuan Khas Sarawakku Sayang 6.0, totalling RM1.4bil, to benefit Sarawakians.

A TOTAL of 29,752 households from eight state constituencies in Sibu Division have been selected to receive food baskets.

The food basket programme was announced by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg when he unveiled the Bantuan Khas Sarawakku Sayang (BKSS) 6.0 totalling RM1.4bil to benefit Sarawakians of various sectors through 15 measures.

BKSS 6.0 is for those affected during the movement control order from May 29 to June 14. The MCO has since been extended to June 28.

Sarawak government is spending RM25.5mil for food aid.

Each of the 82 state constituencies is allocated RM250,000 for the food basket, which is to be managed by state government agencies.

Sibu Resident Wong Hee Sieng, when contacted, said the recipients would be receiving the food aid.

“Those from here will receive the item at a designated collection centre and they will be informed in due time.

“As for those in Kanowit and Selangau, they will have to contact their respective longhouse chief,” he added.

Out of the 29,752 recipients, 18,935 are from Sibu, 7,246 from Kanowit and 3,571 from Selangau.

On the criteria for the food aid, he said it was for daily and monthly wage earners who lost their job, as well as longhouse households whose longhouse is not under enhanced MCO.

“Individuals who are receiving monthly welfare aid are not qualified and neither are individuals undergoing home quarantine but have received food aid from the Social Welfare Department,” he said.

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