Masidi: Contact district office if you have not received food aid

Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun. -filepic

KOTA KINABALU: Those eligible for food aid in Sabah should contact their respective district offices if they have yet to receive assistance, says Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun.

The state minister in charge of Covid-19 matters said so far, a total of 9,409 food baskets had been distributed to families in the targeted enhanced movement control order (MCO) districts.

"I do not deny that there are some weaknesses but those entrusted with the distribution are doing their best," he said in response to criticism on the late arrival of food aid to those affected.

"Working in a red zone is a challenge. Food baskets have been delivered in five districts on Monday (Oct 12).

The first phase of the targeted enhanced MCO ended on Oct 12 but the Federal Government extended it to Oct 25.

Social media was rife with claims that many families did not have enough food, including milk powder for their babies.

This was after many had been laid off from work and their villages cut off due to the MCO.

Many good Samaritans have come forward to provide assistance to those affected.

On Monday, Masidi said a total of 3,673 food baskets were given out in Semporna, 2,183 in Lahad Datu, 2,000 in Tawau, 1,053 in Kunak and 500 in Sandakan.

He said these were distributed to heads of the families in the localities at the targeted enhanced MCO areas and families who were instructed to quarantine at home by the Health Ministry.

On the scope of essential services being unclear, Masidi, who is also state local government and housing minister, said the state would make adjustments accordingly.

He said operators such as hardware shops, workshops and electrical outlets could apply to reopen.

Previously, the list of essential services before the recovery MCO was added to and adjusted according to the needs of the current Covid-19 situation.

The adjustments, which include additional types of businesses and time of operation, was announced by the previous chief minister and state secretary office.

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