KOTA KINABALU: Some 500 families in Tanjung Aru have started to get rice and other essential supplies from their assemblyman Datuk Junz Wong.
According to the Parti Warisan Sabah vice-president, members of the party's Tanjung Aru and Putatan divisions had, together with Sunny Supermarket staff, helped to put together 500 food packs for those affected by the movement control order (MCO).
Wong said the recipients included Covid-19 patients, those under quarantined and hard-hit people like hawkers, stall owners and daily workers in Tanjung Aru.
Each of the 500 food packs consisted of 5kg rice, a tray of eggs, 1kg flour, 1kg sugar, 1kg salt, and cooking oil among others.
“This is part of the phase one aid for my constituency, ” he said on Tuesday (March 23), adding that more families would benefit under the second phase of the food pack distribution.
Wong said he had also ordered face masks for essential use by Tanjung Aru constituents.
“These face masks will be distributed in the coming days, ” he added.
Some 500 families in Gaya Island will also be getting similar essentials in the coming days.
Joining in the programme was good Samaritan Jacky Ho, who contributed a tonne of fish not only to the Tanjung Aru folk but also frontliners and patients of Queen Elizabeth Hospital here.
Health officer Dr Omar Kwang Kugan, who oversees Penampang and Putatan, was present to monitor the programme together with Warisan’s Putatan head Datuk Awang Ahmad Sah as well as the division's Wira and Wirawati chiefs.
In the meantime, Wong reminded the people to stay home, observe social distancing if they had to go out for necessities and be hygienic at all times.
In Kota Kinabalu, MP Chan Foong Hin and his team handed over personal protective equipment (PPE) to frontliners including police, city hall enforcement officials and welfare home workers in the area.
Chan said the items included mistblowers, face masks, gloves and hand sanitisers.
Similarly, Sabah Umno will be contributing RM1mil worth of essential supplies towards easing the people's hardship during the movement control order (MCO) period to fight Covid-19.
Former chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman said food staples, household items and PPE would be distributed to those who were most affected by the MCO, regardless of race, religion and political affiliation.
“I have discussed the matter with Sabah Umno liaison chief Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin who will oversee the distribution of the supplies via the state Umno secretariat," he said.
Sabah has the third highest number of Covid-19 patients in the country, with 170 cases and one death reported as of March 24.
According to the covid19.sabah.digital website manned by the state Natural Disaster Committee command centre, 366 people are in quarantine centres while 2,604 are under home surveillance.
Only one patient has been discharged thus far.