MCO: DAP hands over list of food aid applicants to Welfare Dept

Former Stampin MP Julian Tan (black shirt) together with other DAP Sarawak members presenting the applicants' details to an officer from the Welfare Department.

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KUCHING, March 31: DAP Bandar Kuching and Stampin Service Centre today handed over a list of some 3,000 applicants from 611 families affected by the Movement Control Order (MCO) to the Sarawak Welfare Department and have requested food supplies be delivered to their respective houses.

Democratic Action Party (DAP) Sarawak chairman Chong Chieng Jen revealed that the second batch of applicants were from Kuching, Stampin, Puncak Borneo and Petrajaya.

“They are those badly affected by the MCO, many of whom are from poor families and daily workers forced into lay off because of the MCO. The list for the first batch of applicants was submitted yesterday (March 30),” he disclosed in a press release.

Chong added that DAP members and volunteers could have delivered the supplies to the recipients’ homes on their own before the announcement by the Minister of Defence prohibiting all non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from delivering food door-to-door.

“We hope the Welfare Department will expedite the delivery of essential food items to these applicants as we are entering into the third week of MCO, which to many of these applicants means that they have been out of work for two weeks and entering the third week of unemployment.

“Therefore, it is of utmost importance to help put food on their table,” he emphasised.

Chong gave assurance that DAP Sarawak will continue with their efforts to help register the names, addresses and particulars of those in need of such aid and will forward details of daily applicants to the Welfare Department.

“We hope to work together to get through this difficult time of the Covid-19 pandemic,” he added. — DayakDaily