1,947 households from Siburan Chinese community receive food aid

Dr Jerip (second left) presenting the cheque to Kpg Emperoh Git village chief Kidat Paon as Ranum on the left looks on.

By Jacob Achoi

SERIAN, June 12: Some 1,947 households from the Chinese community in Siburan near here received food aid under the first phase of the Movement Control Order (MCO) being enforced statewide.

Assistant Minister of Transport Datuk Dr Jerip Susil, who is also Mambong assemblyman, said a total of 4,947 households in Siburan area, including the Bidayuh and Malay villages would also receive the food aid.

“For today’s event, we are only giving to the Chinese community and for the Bidayuh and Malay villages, they will give very soon,” he said when symbolically handing out food parcel for the Siburan Chinese community in Siburan today.

On another note, he said the State government would decide whether to give another round of food distribution in view that the MCO has been extended for another two weeks.

“For another round of food parcel distribution, we will leave it to Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg and Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) to decide.

“At the moment, we are distributing (the food parcels) under the first phase,” Dr Jerip told reporters.

He added that at present neither the chief minister nor SDMC chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, who is also Deputy Chief Minister, have made such an announcement.

He was asked whether there would be a second round of food parcels in view that the MCO has been extended for another two weeks until June 28 effective June 15.

At the function, Dr Jerip also presented minor rural project (MRP) fund to 10 organisations worth RM130, 800.

Present was also Sarawak administrative officer (SAO) from Siburan Sub-District Office, Ranum Bari. — DayakDaily