Fatimah: Govt spends RM20.4 mln for 1,475 villages and longhouses affected by EMCO

Fatimah (centre) taking a group photo with Sarawak Blessed Hope members during their courtesy visit to her office yesterday (July 29). (Photo credit: Ukas).

KUCHING, July 30: Some RM20.4 million has been spent by the government to provide aid to villages and longhouses affected by the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) implementation throughout the State.

According to a news report from Sarawak Public Communication Unit (Ukas) today, Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah said that is why Sarawak government welcomes the non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to provide assistance for the needy.

“The Sarawak government appreciates the contribution from the NGOs in the State that have helped to provide the assistance to those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“To date, the government has spent a total of RM20.4 million to channel aid to 1,475 villages and longhouses enforced with the EMCO,” said Fatimah.

She added, various NGOs such as Sarawak Blessed Church, Hope Place, Kuching Food Aid besides Kota Samarahan Municipal Council (MPKS) have also come forward to provide food aid to the needy.

Meanwhile, Fatimah noted, Sarawak Blessed Church, an NGO which is led by its chairman Johnny Chi with a total of 3,000 active members, had also conducted their welfare activities through their ‘Love and Mercy’ project.

She said, the NGO has been operating since 2020 and has provided the basic necessities to the needy in Kuching, Matang, Padawan and Bau, regardless of their religion and race.

“Since the EMCO was first implemented until now, they have assisted a total of 1,500 families who are affected by the pandemic,” she said. — DayakDaily