Rural Sabah villagers can count their lucky stars

KOTA KINABALU: Food donations have arrived for hundreds of families in Sabah’s interior Pitas district who are facing a food shortage due the movement control order (MCO).

This was made possible by astrologist Lisa Wong, who learnt about their plight from a news article.

She called up friends and clients, asking if they could help out.

“The response was almost immediate. My clients, friends and family did not think twice and just asked me for details and what I needed, ” said the 44-year-old.

Within a short time, Lisa obtained the money and contributions needed to bring essential goods such as rice, cooking oil and foodstuff to Kg Kanibongan in Pitas, about a

five-hour drive from the state capital.

She got information from Tanjung Aru assemblyman Datuk Junz Wong on who to liaise with. She then contacted the village chief and got the authorities to advise her on the procedures needed to travel from one district to another.

On March 29, Lisa and two others went in, each with a truckload of essential items, to the village.

“At first, our aim was to get enough for the folk in this village but I am grateful there were more donations than expected, ” she said, adding that the Tanjung Aru assemblyman also contributed.

Meanwhile, almost 400 families from other villages such as Kg Kadayan, Kg Boribi, Kg Boribi Darat, Kg Boboli, Kg Delima Laut, Kg Delima Darat and Kg Palampang also received food donations.

In fact, there were surplus for frontliners at the Pitas Hospital.

“We got 377 packets of rice, 340 packets of cooking oil, biscuits, dried noodles, canned food, washing detergent and other items, ” said Lisa.

The items were handed over to representatives from each village.

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