SIMANGGANG, 29 Jan: Some 90 families from three longhouses under ‘lockdown’ near here received food aid from Community Wellbeing assistant minister Datuk Francis Harden Hollis, today.
Concerned over the villagers’ welfare and their plight, Francis, who is also Simanggang assemblyman said the assistance and his visit was made as moral support to the people living in longhouses as they were unable to leave nor can anyone enter as part of the government’s effort to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic in Sarawak.
The food aid for 49 doors at Rh Ayai Jabu in Kampung Putat was donated by the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) Simanggang branch Women bureau and Chung Hua Simanggang basketball club.
They also gave similar aid to 29 families from Rh Meria Lutang, Sengelau at Jalan Paip and 12 families from Rh Lang Sadai, Sungai Putong, Ulu Paku at Undop.
Harden advised all the villagers to remain vigilant, patient and obey all instructions directed by the authorities especially the restriction to leave their longhouse or allow outsiders to enter.
“Covid-19 has now entered the longhouse communities. If we are not serious about this and do not cooperate with the authorities in the effort to stop the spread, we will experience a devastating phase because all of us are vulnerable.
“I appeal to every resident, especially those living in longhouses, to comply with all the standard operating procedure (SOP) particularly when it comes to any death cases or funerals,” Francis said. -DayakDaily