THE Sepang Municipal Council (MPSepang) will be launching a designated hotline - Talian MySepang Sejahtera - on Aug 2 for people in the municipality to call for aid during the Covid-19 pandemic.
At the local council's full board meeting, its president Abd Hamid Hussain said they have allocated RM100,000 as an initial sum to kick off efforts to help those in need of monetary or any other kind of aid.
“The hotline will ensure that their wellbeing and welfare needs are met. The hotline operators will be receiving complaints and grievances and will check with the councillors and other agencies to see if help has been extended to them yet,” he said.
“Sometimes, the items they need may be medication, baby milk powder and diapers, which are not included in the majority of food aid baskets. So, we will look into those needs that are not met,” added Abd Hamid.
He also said that the hotline will also be used to identify the problems faced by the community affected during the pandemic.
Abd Hamid added that with the designated hotline, the data will be centralised and aid such as basic needs, medical and financial can be given by the agencies efficiently,” he said, adding that the local council may approve more funds if there was a need.
Separately, Abd Hamid said that Raudhatul Baqi’ Muslim Cemetary in Cyberjaya was ready to be used as one of the centralised burial places for the remains of Covid-19 patients, as requested by the state.
The cemetery, which was completed last year, is managed by MPSepang.
Abd Hamid also said 20 graves had been dug last week and were ready to take in burials.
“The 1.8ha cemetery has the capacity for over 1,500 burials for adults, children and uniformed personnel.
“Facilities at the cemetery include driveway, parking area complete with lots for the disabled, pedestrian walkway, street lights and gazebo with benches.
“With Raudhatul Baqi’ Muslim Cemetary becoming a centralised burial place for Muslim Covid-19 patients in Hospital Serdang, I hope it will speed up the management of the remains and alleviate the congestion at its forensics department,” he said.
Abd Hamid also said two crematoriums located at the Sepang Muslim Joint Grave (Kubur Islam Bersepadu Sepang) at Pekan Sepang, which was scheduled to be opened in September, would start operation as early as Aug 5, to cope with the demand for cremation of non-Muslim Covid-19 patients’ remains from Hospital Serdang.
The furnaces were being tested and once completed, he said the crematoriums would be able to accommodate up to six cremations in a day, from three sessions.