MORE than 170 needy folk in Tanjung Malim have been presented with food aid to ease their burden amid the Covid-19 pandemic and National Recovery Plan.
The food items consisting of rice, sugar, salt, mee hoon, flour, instant noodles, oil and canned food, were distributed by community and political leaders.
Recipients were from Kampung Balun Slim River, Felda Sungai Behrang, Bandar Behrang 2020, Kampung Baru Behrang Stesen, Kampung Baru Behrang Hulu and Taman Malim.
Social worker Yee Jee Kwong, from Muallim Social Welfare Department, said he helped deliver food packs to 10 people.
He said the packs were also distributed to those who had raised the white flag.
“In one case, we were told a family in Kampung Baru Behrang Stesen that had raised a white flag, had already received food aid from MCA,” said Yee.
“However, we later learnt that a family member hoisted the flag to get the local community leaders’ attention so they could help her two older brothers look for work, as they had lost their jobs during the pandemic.
“Behrang Stesen MCA branch chairman Hong Choong Yeong has also assisted the family to get monthly welfare aid,” he added.
Yee said there were many avenues for people to seek help or get food supplies.
Apart from seeking help from state assemblymen and MPs, he said those who were in need of assistance could also contact their respective village chiefs, district office, community leaders, non-governmental organisations and the Welfare Department.
“I have also received some food aid, courtesy of Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon and Muallim Welfare and Community Association chairman V. Sugumaran through his food bank, to be distributed to the needy,” he added.
Slim assemblyman Mohd Zaidi Aziz said with the help of Slim Village MCA branch chairman How Kok Wye and his team of volunteers, food aid had been sent out to 30 families.
“I have been doing my best to find sponsors and allocations to get more food supplies for people in the district.
“I hope the aid can alleviate the recipients’ burden for now,” he added.
Behrang assemblyman Aminuddin Zulkifli said his service centre was always ready to help.
“Those impacted by the pandemic and in need of food supplies are welcome to contact my service centre,” he said.