Groups can deliver aid to needy under escort from Rela, Civil Defence

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 01 Apr 2020

PETALING JAYA: Non-governmental groups will be allowed to deliver aid during the movement control order (MCO) but only if escorted by People's Volunteer Corps (Rela) and Malaysia Civil Defence Force personnel.

According to the guidelines issued by the Welfare Department (JKM), the NGOs will have to register with them a day before the delivery.

Only dry goods and cooked food will be allowed to be delivered.

The NGOs will also have to adhere to guidelines under the National Security Council (NSC) and the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act (Act 342).

Under the guidelines, only two representatives from each NGO will be allowed to channel the aid.

Besides having their temperatures checked, the representatives will have to wear a face mask and gloves, use hand sanitisers as well as observe social distancing.

JKM said it would coordinate delivery of the aid, with the Civil Defence and Rela escorting the NGOs.

The government had previously said that the NGOs should channel the aid to JKM, with the Rela and civil defence delivering it.

However, the NGOs had objected to this, saying that they should be allowed to complement the government’s efforts instead of barred from delivering the aid altogether.

Kembara Kitchen co-founder William Cheah said he was thankful for the latest decision, saying that there was a a lot of work to be done.

“We have so many obstacles still to overcome – hungry mouths to feed and people in desperation. Malaysians are worried when the next meal for their children will come.

“On the other side, there are valid concerns of the disease spreading. We understand. So maybe this is a solution which we can all work on, ” he said.

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