Sufficient food supply in rural areas for Raya and Gawai

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By Emma Victoria

SARAWAK will ensure there is sufficient food supply for rural villages and interior long houses during the upcoming Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Gawai Dayak festivities.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said the people do not have to worry even if the Movement Order Control is extended further, Borneo Post reported.

“We have our modus operandi to make sure there will be no shortage of food supply and other essential items in the rural areas until June,” he said.

Awang Tengah, who is also the chairman of the state food supply chain sub-committee, assured that RM1.6 million worth of Sarawakku Sayang food aid packages reached the target groups.

He said food parcel distribution in Limbang and Lawas has proceeded smoothly and is entering the second phase.

Anyone who wish to donate food items must liaise with the district disaster management committee and welfare department for a coordinated distribution of relief aid and to avoid overlapping.

Awang Tengah also said the Covid-19 situation in Limbang division, which has seven positive cases, is under control.

Six of the seven cases are in Limbang and one in Lawas.

The division has a cumulative 196 Person under Surveillance cases and 11 Person under Investigation cases as of April 13.

Hari Raya Aidilfitri falls on May 24 this year while the annual Gawai Dayak is on June 1.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in announcing the third phase last week, warned of the possibility of continuing social distancing measures and disallowing the exodus of Malaysians from urban areas to villages this coming Hari Raya season, if Covid-19 continues to pose a threat.


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