A JOHOR Baru City Council (MBJB) councillor is urging the local authority to expand its food basket programme.
Kampung Melayu and Taman Suria zone councillor Sa’adiah Hussin could not contain her emotions when making her case to Johor Baru mayor Datuk Adib Azhari Daud during the full board meeting.
“Whether they are from the B40, M40 or even T20, staying in a bungalow or low-cost flat, the Covid-19 pandemic has affected everyone.
“People from all walks of life came up to me saying they could not afford to buy basic necessities, especially for their children,” she said in urging Adib to expand the MBJB food basket programme to everyone, regardless of their income bracket.
Earlier in his speech, Adib said residents within Johor Baru had been affected by the pandemic, especially in terms of job loss and income reduction.
“The state government and MBJB have carried out various initiatives to help those affected, including allocating RM10,000 to local councillors in Johor.
“This means MBJB received an allocation of RM240,000 for 24 councillors,” he said, adding that they were asked to channel assistance be it for general welfare, emergencies or for education purposes.
Adib said this would include implementing programmes for Covid-19 vaccination registration and giving out food baskets in their respective zones.
He said councillors were responsible for ensuring that the allocation was spent fairly to benefit residents regardless of their religious and racial background.
“The city council has also allocated RM3mil to carry out the MBJB Bantuan Bakul Makmur programme to help those living in low-cost homes who have lost their source of income.
“The assistance includes basic food and daily necessities such as soap and medicine, baby or adult disposable diapers, infant formula as well as gas cylinders,” he said.