SIBU, June 8: Single mothers are also affected by the Movement Control Order (MCO) where they have lost their job.
Chairperson of Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) Dudong women’s wing, Kapitan Connie Loh said several single mothers in the Dudong constituency were laid off by their employers during this Conditional MCO period.
“Some were retrenched by their employers while others have personally quit their job to look after their children as they feared they might contracted Covid-19 and pass them the virus,” she said.
There was also a case of a spinster whose tenant did not pay her the house rental as he claimed his business was very poor during this period.
“She has no job and is only depending on the rental. From April to now, the tenant has refused to pay for the rental. She came to me for financial assistance as she also has health problems,” said Loh.
There are currently about 150 single mothers in the Dudong area registered with I-Care Fund of PSB Dudong women section, who have been receiving monthly aids from them.
They are all from less privileged families. Most of them have kids at home and the entire families depend on them.
“Some even have serious health issues themselves. Because of Covid-19, some of them have lost their jobs and are already struggling financially to make ends meet,” she said.
The financial assistance of RM300 for single mothers and persons with disabilities from the federal government, she opined, means a lot to them.
“They can at least use the money to buy foods and essential items for the family,” she added.
The wing today handed out food aid which consisted of rice, dry noodle and Milo to single mothers. -DayakDaily