At-risk Orang Asli villages get food aid, targeted screening

Hee (right) at the launch of a food aid programme at Bukit Tampoi Orang Asli Village, Dengkil, Selangor in March. — Filepic

FOOD baskets and targeted screenings for at-risk villages are two major efforts taken by Selangor government in looking after the welfare of the Orang Asli community during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Last year, the state government allocated RM2.06mil for the distribution of food baskets in April and May in three phases to over 5,400 Orang Asli households each time.

“This year, it was RM2.19mil in two phases covering over 6,200 households each time,” said state tourism, environment, green technology and Orang Asli affairs committee chairman Hee Loy Sian.

Replying to Elizabeth Wong (PH-Bukit Lanjan), Hee said free Covid-19 screenings were only offered in Orang Asli villages where positive cases were detected by the district health office.

He added that the Orang Asli Development Department did not have a set protocol on the number of villages to be screened, but it was working on a targeted approach with the district health office.

To date, the collaborating agencies have screened 393 cases in three villages in Petaling, Kuala Langat and Sepang districts, with 135 positive cases recorded.

On the sporting front, state youth generation development, sports and human capital committee chairman Mohd Khairuddin Othman said Selangor had allocated RM14.5mil for various programmes despite restrictions under the movement control order last year.

“By leveraging on the latest in digital technology, the state has turned to organising online sports programmes such as computer games-centred activities and virtual runs, which is now the new normal.

“A total of RM1.3mil was spent on this category,” Mohd Khairuddin said in response to questions from Rozana Zainal Abidin (PH-Permatang) and Wong Siew Ki (PH-Balakong).

He said RM4.11mil had also been allocated for ongoing programmes to unearth talent and develop elite athletes to represent the state.

Athletes selected for these development programmes, he added, were carrying on with their training online.

To ensure the sustainability of the programmes, RM3.94mil in allowances was paid to the athletes and their coaches.

Mohd Khairuddin said the four Selangor-born athletes who represented the country in the recent Tokyo Olympics were given RM10,000 each as a sign of appreciation from the state.

The recipients are gymnast Farah Ann Abdul Hadi, high jumper Lee Hup Wei, golfer Gavin Kyle Green and swimmer Phee Jinq En.

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