State govt to supply food rations to Kg Hj Baki residents under EMCO

Ik Pahon speaking to the press at Masjid Darul Ehsan, Kg Haji Baki today (Oct 28, 2020) at noon time.

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By Lian Cheng and Nancy Nais

KUCHING, Oct 28: Kampung Haji Baki residents affected by the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) which comes into effect starting 6pm today until Nov 11 will be given food rations valued at RM25 per week per person for the next two weeks.

As it will be a full scale quarantine for the whole village of about 4,200 villagers with no one allowed to leave the village unnecessarily and no outsiders allowed to enter, Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) deputy chairman Datuk Ik Pahon Joyik said the committee wanted to ensure that the basic needs of the villagers for the two weeks will be provided for.

The Sarawak government will foot the bill while the Welfare Department has been entrusted with registering the respective heads of households to ensure that every villager will receive the food provided by the government during the EMCO period.

Ik Pahon who was at Masjid Darul Ehsan, Kampung Haji Baki this morning told the media that the mosque will be used as a operations centre while a temporary clinic will be set up within the vicinity as part of measures to contain the Covid-19 outbreak in the village.

“I thank the mosque committee chairman for allowing SDMC to use it as an operations centre to carry out Emergency Restricted Movement Control (EMCO) for the village.

“The Health Department will set up a temporary clinic at the next building (within the vicinity of the mosque).

“This is for those who have appointments with the clinic and SGH (Sarawak General Hospital) and they can’t leave the village. This is for the elderly, mothers and children, and those who are pregnant who need other forms of medical treatment (treatment not related to Covid-19),” revealed Ik Pahon who is also the Deputy State Secretary.

Kampung Haji Baki comprises three sub-villages—Block A, Block B and Block C—as well as a housing estate.

Ik Pahon said so far, all those staying in Block A had undergone swab tests and tomorrow, those staying in Block B and C as well as the housing area will be tested. — DayakDaily