KOTA KINABALU: As more people and organisations chip in to provide food aid to islanders in Sabah’s east coast areas, the Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) is doing its part.
It is helping NGOs deliver food baskets and other essentials to the mainly fishing folk living in dozens of islands that dot the Semporna district.
On Sunday (Nov 1), two security vessels provided escorts to NGOs Semporna Heroes and the Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation to send in food baskets to 350 families in the Pulau Danawan area in Semporna.
The 33 volunteers and eight boats were under the close watch of Esscom led by its officers Asst Comm Mohamad Pajeri Ali and Lt Kol Sulaiman Sawad.
Many island residents over the past month have complained of running out of food as well as other essentials like infant formula due to the enhanced movement control order imposed early last month.
Some had also complained that they missed out on the Sabah government’s food assistance programme as their names were not on the list.
The volunteers gave out rice, sugar, cooking oil, salt, face masks, and infant formula for families with children.
Movement in waters around Semporna is restricted as it is also part of Sabah’s high security Eastern Sabah Security Zone (Esszone).
Esscom said it would help facilitate volunteers and NGOs wanting to send in aid to those living in the islands and along six coastal villages in Semporna.
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