KUCHING: Over 470,000 B40 households in Sarawak will receive food assistance from the state government during the current movement control order.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the food assistance was one of the measures under the Bantuan Khas Sarawakku Sayang (BKSS) 6.0 special aid package for households affected by the MCO, which is in place from May 29 to June 14.
"A total of 472,923 households from all 12 divisions in Sarawak are eligible to receive this food assistance.
"As of June 7, the various divisional disaster management committees have reported that 49,811 households or 10.5% have received the food assistance," he said at the symbolic launch of the food assistance distribution at Kampung Haji Baki here on Tuesday (June 8).
Abang Johari said the food distribution was targeted to be completed by June 11.
He said the state government had allocated RM35.5mil under BKSS 6.0 to purchase and deliver the food, with all 82 state constituencies to receive a minimum of RM250,000 each.
"For those with more B40 households, they will be allocated according to the number of targeted households," he added.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, who chairs the food committee, said the eligible households were identified by the divisional disaster management committees together with elected representatives' service centres, community leaders, relevant government agencies and non-governmental organisations.
He said the divisional disaster management committees were also coordinating the distribution of the food assistance.
"Some areas need delivery by helicopter. We are working with the Fire and Rescue Department on this," he said, adding that the food distribution would be done in compliance with the standard operating procedures.