Food aid for Mersing folk in anticipation of monsoon

Zaiton (second from right) calling on residents in Pulau Sibu, Mersing in December last year. She says the food aid programmes for the monsoon season are held annually. — Filepic

The Johor government will send food supplies to 554 families living on islands off Mersing in preparation for the monsoon season starting October.

Johor women, family and community development committee chairman Zaiton Ismail said the aid would also be given to 2,297 Orang Asli families in nine villages in Mersing.

They are Kampung Orang Asli in Labong, Peta, Punan, Tewowoh, Pengkalan Bukit, Sungai Padang, Tanah Abang, Tanjung Tuan and Sungai Tu Ba.

“This is one of our annual food aid programmes for the monsoon season.

“This year, we will send food supplies to 554 families living on Mersing’s islands namely Pulau Besar, Pulau Sibu, Pulau Tinggi, Pulau Aur and Pulau Pemanggil.

“The food aid is necessary as islanders cannot come ashore to buy groceries due to strong winds and high waves during the monsoon,” she said.

Food aid for island folk will be despatched in October while the Orang Asli will get their supplies in November.

Zaiton added that the Social Welfare Department has prepared 21 temporary relief centres (PPS) in Mersing in preparation for floods including four PPS for those undergoing Covid-19 quarantine.

“The PPS will involve schools and multipurpose halls in Mersing.

“We also have prepared enough food supply to cater to 200 families in case of an emergency,” she said.

On another matter, Zaiton said the Darul Ta’zim Family Development Foundation (YPKDT) has conducted an online women empowerment programme to develop cooperation between women in the professional sectors.

“We want to create a ‘Blue Ocean Strategy’ programme with women from other agencies so that we can emphasise on their role at work and in the family.

“The programme was conducted early September where women from different backgrounds and professions were invited to share their experience and expertise with others,” she said.

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