More centres set up to help relief efforts

Amirudin (left) handing over food aid to a residents association representative as Azmir (right) looks on. — LOW LAY PHON/The Star

SELANGOR aims to enhance its response at disaster-stricken areas by setting up special centres to coordinate rescue efforts and distribute aid to affected communities.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari said the centres would be manned by Skuad Bencana, which would comprise volunteers from local communities as well as personnel from relevant agencies.

“The volunteers will be given the proper training to respond to emergencies in their respective state constituencies.

“They will work closely with the Civil Defence Department, Fire and Rescue Department and the local authority.”

Amirudin said this when met after the official launch of the centre at a community hall in Taman Seri Gombak.

It was activated on Sept 16 last year to distribute food aid to those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, especially low-income households.

Sime Darby Property Bhd donated 4,500 food baskets to the centre, which will be distributed among the needy in the constituency.

Amirudin, who is also Sungai Tua assemblyman, said Gombak Setia had recorded a high number of Covid-19 cases early this year.

“This constituency was the first in Selangor to reach 2,000 cases a day,” he added.

Gombak Setia constituency coordinator Rahim Kasdi said the centre brought together local councillors and residents associations.

The centre had distributed food aid to over 3,400 elderly as well as 850 Covid-19 patients.

“We also work with local non-governmental organisations to help distribute aid to those affected,” he added.

Amirudin reminded Selangor folk to remain vigilant, despite the declining number of new Covid-19 cases in the state.

He said the focus should now be on how to jump-start the economy and avoid another lockdown.

At the launch, Amirudin also gave out laptops to two students, as well as cash aid and medical supplies to several residents.

Also present were Selayang Municipal Council president Mohd Yazid Sairi, Sime Darby Property group managing director Datuk Azmir Merican and Gombak district officer Nor Azlina Aziz.

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