IPOH: About one tonne of durians has been distributed to frontliners in Ipoh as a gesture of thanks.
Perak plantation, agriculture and food industry committee chairman Razman Zakaria said the durians were brought in from Larut.
“Usually, during durian season, traders were able to sell their produce, but since the movement control order is in place, we’ve received some complaints that they were unable to sell it due to low customer turnout.
“We bought the durians from these traders and distributed them to frontliners to thank them for their efforts in fighting the Covid-19 virus,” he said after handing over a batch of durians to frontliners at Stadium Indera Mulia vaccination centre on Monday (Aug 2).
He added that at least four tonnes of the King of Fruits would be distributed next week.
“We are giving these durians to our medical frontliners, as well as the police and army stationed at roadblocks.
“For now, we are giving it to the frontliners in Ipoh. We have about 250 and 260 frontliners working in the city, so they will get three to four durians each,” he said, adding that they distributed the fruit at several roadblocks in the city, including Jelapang and Simpang Pulai.
Separately, Razman said the state has not received any complaints on water supply in the current drought season.
“Although it is the season, farmers are currently harvesting their paddy so they don’t need much water.
“We are monitoring the situation, but for now, there are no complaints regarding water supply,” he added.