MPKS Community Pantri donates 3,000 food boxes to the needy in Kota Samarahan

Minos (center) taking a group photo with the MPKS Community Pantri organiser Datuk Sim Kiang Chiok (second left) and others.

KUCHING, July 22: More than 10 per cent of the population in Kota Samarahan has benefited from about 3,000 food boxes and drinks distributed by the Kota Samarahan Municipal Council’s (MPKS) ‘Community Pantri’ initiative which will run from July 4 to 22.

MPKS chairman Dato Peter Minos in a statement today conveyed his gratitude to all 15 supermarkets, hypermarkets and mini markets in Kota Samarahan for their donations and cooperation.

“We have done our bit to help the poor, the jobless and the desperate in MPKS area, on top of what the government and the local assemblymen are doing.

“Helping those in need during the Covid-19 pandemic gives us great joy and satisfaction,” he said.

Minos revealed that some of the recipients of the food donations had said that they have been losing their jobs and income since March last year due to the pandemic.

He said some of them are in dire straits, resorting to pawning off their belongings to make ends meet, including begging from relatives and close friends.

“We thus pray and hope that by August, 80 per cent of Sarawakians will have been fully vaccinated and by that time, life will see some normalcy, and the economy is moving again.

“In the meantime, we all must come forward in helping the government in any way possible with the vaccination exercise, including helping the needy,” he added. — DayakDaily