Sarawak to send food aid to households in MCO districts from Thursday


KUCHING: The Sarawak government will begin distributing food aid on Thursday (Feb 4) to residents of the Kapit and Song districts, which are currently under the movement control order.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said food baskets worth RM70 each would be delivered in stages to an estimated 16,000 households in both districts.

These include households in 268 longhouses in Kapit and 174 longhouses in Song, as well as in Kapit town and Song bazaar.

Both districts have been placed under the MCO from Feb 2 to 15 following an increase in Covid-19 cases.

"Movement is limited during the MCO period, so the state government has decided to provide food assistance to ease the people's burden," Awang Tengah told a press conference after chairing a food supply chain committee meeting here on Tuesday (Feb 2).

He said the Kapit divisional disaster management committee would work with government agencies, community leaders and village development and security committees to identify recipients of the food aid.

"As far as possible, all households in the affected districts will be given assistance.

"The committee will advise us if any area requires the use of helicopters to deliver the food," Awang Tengah said, adding that the total cost of food aid and transport was estimated at RM1.42mil.

The food baskets will include essential items like rice, sugar, flour, canned sardines, tea, coffee, cooking oil, biscuits and noodles.

In Sibu division, which is also under the MCO until Feb 14, Awang Tengah said food assistance had been distributed to 36,805 households so far.

He said the Sibu divisional disaster management committee was continuing to distribute food to households which had yet to receive it.

There are an estimated 73,000 households in the affected districts of Sibu, Selangau and Kanowit in Sibu division.

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