RESIDENTS in Ayer Hitam parliamentary constituency in Johor, who have been hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, received more than 30, 000 food packs to help see them through the current phase of the National Recovery Plan (NRP).
Boxes of food aid, filled with daily necessities, were handed out to recipients in areas throughout Yong Peng and Ayer Hitam by team members of Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong, who is Ayer Hitam MP.
His political secretary Ling Tian Soon, who is Johor MCA Youth chief, said they distributed 15, 535 packs to needy residents from March to June this year.
“We have also collaborated with several local councillors from Yong Peng Municipal Council to ensure there will be a more concerted effort in distributing the food aid.
“Task Force Against Hunger is a multiracial team, so recipients can reach out to us for help without having to worry about language barrier.
“We are ready to help and we aim to distribute aid to the needy in a more efficient and faster way to ensure that nobody is left hungry, ” he said.
Ling said most of those who reached out for help had lost their source of income because of the pandemic.
He noted that many residents in Yong Peng worked as lorry drivers and because of the NRP’s tightened measures, they had fewer delivery trips, which reduced their income.
He said the team had also helped a family of five in Yong Peng.
The parents had lost their jobs as cafe workers after takeaway orders dropped.
The family was surviving on daily wages of about RM30 a day, as the parents took turns to look for odd jobs while taking care of their children aged two, three and four.
“Other than food, we gave them milk powder, diapers, face masks and some toys for the children.
“We also helped to pay off their four months’ outstanding house rent of RM400 a month, ” said Ling.
He said village committees, non-governmental organisations and generous individuals had also helped by setting up food banks.
Some even set up dedicated shelves containing food items outside their homes.
According to Ling, there are at least 24 food banks in Ayer Hitam.
He said his team would also stock up the food banks with supplies from time to time.
“We only ask for the people to be considerate when taking their share, so that there is enough for others too, ” he said.
Apart from food aid, he said the team was also working with various bodies and individuals to distribute fruits, vegetables and cooked meals to the needy.
Those in need of food aid can contact Task Force Against Hunger via WhatsApp at 012-758 1949 (Joni Muhamat Yahya), 019-737 5539 (Zainudin Mohidin), 012-737 7927 (Liang Kee Phang), 012-721 2683 (Yu Yong Ping) or 013-779 7778 (M. Gunalan).