REMBAU: It was a relief for housewife Chong Chooi Foong when a basketful of food under the Bakul Prihatin Negara arrived at her doorstep – hardly two hours after she made a call to the district Social Welfare Office’s operation centre.The Covid-19 pandemic has made life difficult for Chong, 54, especially since her husband lost his income from working at a motor workshop.
The couple’s two sons, who were working at a factory, also lost their job after Covid-19 positive cases were detected there.
The family, living at Chengkau People’s Housing, did not expect help to arrive so soon and it surprised them when Rembau social welfare officer Nurul Fatihah Jasli and members of the Rembau Prihatin Squad came a-calling at their doorstep on the same day.
“This aid helps ease our burden. The Welfare Office responded quickly. Thank you,” she said.
Another recipient, Normah Idris, 61, who lives with her husband in Kampung Bongek Tengah, said it was their daughter who called the Social Welfare Department to request for help.
“Alhamdulillah. This food basket can last us a month,” she said, adding that their children were all living in other districts and states.
So far, the government has distributed 2.315 million food baskets involving an allocation of RM173.4mil and benefiting 9.26 million recipients.
State Social Welfare Department (JKM) director Rosnah Sardi said a total of 2,056 applications for the Bakul Prihatin Negara were received over a five-day period since last Friday.
She said 1,082 applications were received through the JKM operations room, Google form (157), social media (26), Talian Kasih (500) and WhatsApp (291).
“As of Tuesday, 231 food baskets were distributed to four districts namely Jelebu for 23 recipients, Jempol (78), Rembau (74) and Seremban (56).
Those in need of food supplies and other assistance can contact JKM in their respective districts, Talian Kasih 15999 or WhatsApp at 019-2615 999, which is open 24 hours. — Bernama