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KUCHING, July 7: Democratic Action Party (DAP) Bandar Kuching Service Centre and Stampin Service Centre will start their food aid distribution funded by federal government’s Pemulih (Pakej Perlindungan Rakyat dan Pemulihan Ekonomi) Programme.
According to DAP press release, the food aid will cover a total of 8,572 households living within the constituencies of Bandar Kuching & Stampin.
“It is both our commitment to be transparent and accountable with every cent that is allocated for such purpose including being transparent with the whole process of decision-making, procurement, and distribution.
“After our discussions with ’Unit Penyelarasan Pelaksanaan’ and in order for us to cover as many as possible families in need in both constituencies, we have made the decision to set the budget for each Food Pack at RM 70 which will translate to a total of 4286 pax for each constituency,” said DAP.
The party said for the past few days, the two centres have been receiving quotations from different local supermarkets and local suppliers in order for DAP leaders to choose the best value of products closest to the full RM 70 value for each pax.
So based on the guidelines given by the government as well as feedback from families on the ground on things they need, the decision was made that each pack will contain 10 items namely 1 bag of rice (10kg), 2 cans of Sardines (425g), 2 packets of Lee Fah Mee 5 pack set, Sugar (1kg), cream crackers 250g, corn kernel (425g), wheat Flour (850g), Bee Hoon (300g), Milo Pack (1kg) and creamer (500g).
The party stressed that the brands of the food will depend on stock availability.
“This is to maintain consistency and so that each recipient can check and monitor the items they receive. We will also be purchasing from different sources who provide similar quotation to spread out the allocation to help the local industry and boost the local economy.”
The two service centres will obsorb additional logistical or miscellaneous cost incurred will be covered to ensure the constituents receive the best value from the total RM300,000 allocated under Pemulih for each constituency.
“We will also provide regular updates until every packet purchased is fully delivered to our constituents.
“Details of all recipients will also be recorded and fully submitted to the Ministry involved for necessary checks and audits. Transparency and accountability are important to us as we recognise that this is not our money, nor the government’s money, but the people’s money,” said DAP.
DAP is currently collecting details from families in need in the two constituencies of Bandar Kuching and Stampin. For those in need, they may contact the followings:
Bandar Kuching: Kelvin 0187708354, Violet 0168898544, Julian 0129774983, Agnes 0168683433, Anthony 0109602334, Kenny 0128803340 and June 016855 2213.
Stampin: Chong Chieng Jen 017228 8221, Michael 0138199191, Sim 016426 2210, Aziz 0193021619, Jane 0168845060 and Leslie 0168006068. — DayakDaily