Awang Tengah: Food aid programme has benefitted 380,887 families

Awang Tengah at the press conference.

KUCHING, May 8: A total of 380,887 beneficiaries from 82 state constituencies have benefitted from the food aid programme distributed during the movement control order (MCO).

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said the food aid was distributed to households in the rural and remote areas, including the urban poor, as well as those without income due to the MCO.

“The main source of the food aid comes from the RM16.4 million Sarawakku Sayang Food Aid programme, and each constituency has been allocated a sum of RM200,000.

“Some areas completed the delivery earlier, while others were delivered later due to logistic issues. However, all distribution was completed by April 25,” he told a press conference at Wisma Sumber Alam, here, today.

Awang Tengah, who leads the state food aid committee, said the federal government has also allocated RM3.1 million under the “Bantuan Khas Kepada Ketua Keluarga B40” programme, which benefits 40,000 households in the state.

He said to date, a total of 39,088 households have received their food aid, while the distribution to the remaining 912 families is in progress.

“The National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) has also provided a sum of RM582,500 under the ‘Bantuan Khas di bawah Tabung Bantuan Covid-19’ to 11,650 recipients including other donations by the private sectors, NGOs and kind individuals,” he added.

However, Awang Tengah said the committee believed there may be pockets of the society who have been unintentionally left out in this exercise.

“If there are any individuals, target groups that have missed out, kindly contact the respective District Disaster Management Committees (DDMC) or our Sarawak Welfare Divisional offices for immediate action,” he advised.

Awang Tengah also conveyed his appreciation to all that involved in helping to relieve the adversities of the needy. — DayakDaily