Two-thirds of longhouses, settlements in Telang Usan have received food rations

Dennis Ngau (right) with several volunteers and villagers crossing the Bunau River to carry the food aid to Ba Itam.

By Jaythaleela K

MIRI, Apr 11: Despite having a vast constituency in the state which can, for the most part, be accessed by logging roads and rivers, more than two-thirds of the 82 longhouses or settlements within Telang Usan have received their food aid, disclosed its assemblyman Dennis Ngau.

“What we delivered may not fulfil every family’s needs but should offer some help and show that the state government always cares for the rakyat,” he stated

Dennis said this on Saturday after returning from delivering food rations to the Penan settlement of Ba Itam Bunau which can take a six-hour drive to reach by four-wheel-drive from Miri City.

Ba Itam Bunau has 45 doors with more than 200 villagers.

Dennis assured his constituents that they need not worry about ration as the state government is committed to helping them during this movement control order (MCO) period.

He said more food aid would be deployed to remote areas as the government wanted to ensure that nobody was left out during this difficult time.

On Friday, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has announced the extension of MCO for another two weeks until April 28.

“Life is no longer normal and people, especially those who have no permanent job and steady income, like most people in my constituency, have started to feel the pinch, the MCO has stopped them from earning and also the travelling to the nearest town to buy basic rations for their family,” Dennis opined.

Dennis also took the opportunity to thanks the Malaysian Airforce for their assistance to deliver food aid to some remote areas in Ulu Tinjar and Ulu Baram of which took them three days to complete to send to the 31 longhouses due to weather. —DayakDaily