Esscom helps NGOs deliver food aid to islanders in Semporna


A volunteer provides food basket to a resident in Pulau Danawan in Semporna.

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.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 18
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3

Esscom , Food Aid , Semporna , Enhanced MCO , Covid-19

   

Did you find this article insightful?

Yes
No

100% readers found this article insightful

Next In Nation

Saifuddin: Combating fake news major challenge for Communications Ministry
Covid-19: 1,683 new cases, three deaths bring death toll to 1,169
Man steals from own family to settle debts
Covid-19: Cases up by 1,683, bringing total to 313,460 (updated daily)
Dr Wee: Malaysia to make reasonable efforts to continue search for MH370
NGOs want amendments to Act 55 for better protection of domestic workers
Six Mat Rempits detained, two road users held for drink-driving in Penang
Upko's Lucas Umbul joins Sabah STAR
Peat fires in four districts due to dry spell, says Johor exco member
Structural repairs on Penang Bridge expected to complete in two months

Stories You'll Enjoy


Vouchers