MIRI: Miri PKR MP Dr Michael Teo Yu Keng says he has received an emergency fund of RM100,000 from the Federal Government to buy food supplies for the needy in his constituency during the movement control order (MCO).
He said on Tuesday (March 31) that his service centre had already received the fund.
"This RM100,000 is for each Opposition MPs to buy food for their constituents from the lower-income groups and the disabled, single parents, orphans and those with no salaries who are hit hard by the current movement restrictions.
"We are grateful to the Federal Government for this much-needed allocations.
"It will go a long way towards helping those constituents who are badly affected by the MCO and who cannot earn any income during this time or those who had run out of cash.
"We will use all the RM100,000 to buy food like rice, noodles, coffee and tea, cooking oil and rice.
"So far over the past two days, my PKR service centre staff members have distributed food packs to 150 poor families already in the Tudan squatter resettlement schemes.
"The distribution will continue today in other squatter colonies in and around Miri city," he said.
Dr Teo said there should be enough essential food to go around Miri city for the needy.
Miri has a population of 350,000, and a sizeable portion of them are living in the six squatter resettlement schemes and eight squatter colonies in the Senadin and Pujut state constituencies.