Food rations being sent to islanders

KOTA KINABALU: Food rations are being sent to Pulau Gaya islanders, whose movements to and from the mainland here have been restricted under the movement control order (MCO).

The islanders fall under the Tanjung Aru constituency, state Agriculture and Food Industry Minister Datuk Junz Wong said.

Wong said a total of 3,800 families in the Tanjung Aru constituency received food aid.

This included 2,000 food packets that were sent to Pulau Gaya.

Wong said the island had a population of about 6,000 people comprising Malaysians and Filipinos, including refugees and stateless individuals, among others.

He said food was sent since earlier last week to the more severely affected families in Tanjung Aru.

“I want to make sure every family receives help. The MCO has affected everyone and I want to help where I can, ” he said.

He advised families on Pulau Gaya who had yet to receive the aid to contact the relevant representatives by this week.

“Please do not panic as there is sufficient food supplies. Food is being sent door to door, ” he said.

Similar food aid is being distributed to various areas in the state after the state government-approved assistance to families in remote and urban areas.

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