KOTA KINABALU: Sabahans affected by the Covid-19 pandemic should come forward instead of merely complaining on social media, says Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal (pic).
The Chief Minister said those needing assistance should give their details to the authorities instead of ranting away on social media platforms like Facebook.
"They must make the effort to contact us and provide details so that assistance can be given to them," he said, referring to Sabah's efforts to trace an estimated 30,000 Sabahans under the B40 category in peninsular Malaysia.
"Many of them are working there as security guards and waiters and we can't trace them. Some make remarks on Facebook about not getting the aid but we don't have their details.
"We have not been able to communicate with them," he told reporters after receiving a RM5.85mil donation from six state-owned GLCs on Wednesday (April 8).
Shafie said they could get in touch with the Sabah House liaison officer in Jalan Ampang so that assistance could be arranged for them.
He said alternatively, they could also call the Sabah Covid-19 Command Centre at 088-369 430 for further details.
"Most of the Sabahan students in peninsular Malaysia, Indonesia, Egypt and other countries are getting the necessary assistance by the state.
"Assistance to various groups within Sabah is ongoing with nearly 160,000 people under the poverty line getting some form of aid soon," he said, adding that efforts were continuing to reach the needy groups.
On whether the state would be allowing oil palm mills and plantations in six east coast districts to resume operations, Shafie said that they would look into the matter.
"I have asked the Health Department and police to look closely into the areas before arriving at a decision for them to restart operations," he said, adding that if allowed, the mills and plantations would need to adhere to strict guidelines.
"We are concerned about their lives and public health. A life lost cannot be replaced but money lost could be earned back," he said when reflecting on calls by various sectors to allow them to operate.
Shafie added that former federal minister Datuk Seri Idris Jala was helping the state government in formulating a plan and assistance for all business sectors to recover after the movement control order was lifted.
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