Batu Gajah villagers want food aid to include perishables

RESIDENTS in Kampung Bemban, Batu Gajah in Perak, are hoping for some fresh produce instead of just dry goods in aid packs.

The villagers said many non-governmental organisations (NGOs) had donated dry items such as canned food, sugar and flour but they would like meat and vegetables too.

Normah Mohamad, 56, said having perishable goods would be better as they could not live on processed food.

“I live with my husband and grandchildren. There are seven of us, so having fresh ingredients will be helpful,” she said after receiving food aid from Perak DAP at a hall in Kampung Bemban.

Normah, who used to sell nasi lemak, has been unable to do so since June.

“My husband suffers from high blood pressure and diabetes. He also has a heart condition.

“He is unable to do vigorous work. He used to help me prepare and sell nasi lemak in front of our house.

“We used to be able to sell up to 50 packs a day but over the past month, we haven’t been able to earn anything.

“Our neighbours suggested we do delivery but we don’t have transport.

“Even today, my neighbour offered me a ride to get here,” she added.

Another resident, L. Jaya, said her family was hoping for more food aid.

“We don’t have any income due to the movement control order.

“This is my first time receiving food donations since the MCO started last year.

“We are in dire need of food, both dry items and fresh produce,” she added.

Chong Kew, 69, plans to share whatever food aid he receives, with his father.

“My father lives a few houses away and several siblings stay nearby.

“I used to be able to earn up to RM900 a month doing manual labour but since the MCO, my income has been affected.

“That is why I always look forward to getting food donations as it eases my burden a little.

“I live alone, so I will share with my father the food I get,” he said.

Perak DAP chairman Nga Kor Ming said about 3,000 food packs had been prepared for residents in Batu Gajah.

He said the items included rice, eggs, dry groceries and fresh fish.

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