LAHAD DATU: Distance is definitely not a problem as far as the Lahad Datu Disaster Operations Control Centre (PKOB) is concerned, as it even distributes food basket aid to residents of Mukim Tambisan in the Lahad Datu district, which is located some 133 kilometres away from the city centre.
Mukim Tambisan is among 78 areas in the Lahad Datu district to have received a total of 11,402 food baskets since the areas were placed under a two-week Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) from Oct 13. The CMCO has since been extended to Nov 9.
Lahad Datu PKOB chairman Juraimin Jadil said although priority for the food distribution was given to residents in areas affected by the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO), other villages, such as Tambisan, were not neglected either.
He said the PKOB had distributed food baskets to residents of Pangsapuri Mutiara Kasih and Taman Khazanah Indah twice after they were placed under the EMCO on Oct 13 before it was extended to Nov 9.
Food baskets were also distributed to residents in Anjung Teduh, Felda Sahabat, Tungku on Oct 23, a day before the EMCO was enforced in the area, he told reporters today.
He said they would apply for additional funds from the state COVID-19 Disaster Management Committee so that the food assistance could be extended to all residents in the district.
Juraimin, who is also the Lahad Datu district officer, reminded residents to prioritise their health by maintaining personal and family hygiene and keeping their houses clean.
“Village management committees must also ensure that no outsiders enter their villages in order to curb the spread of COVID-19,” he said.
Meanwhile, a villager from Kampung Membatu, Tungku, Mohd Masrik, 45, described the distribution of the food baskets as a timely move because villagers were afraid to leave their homes during the CMCO.
It also showed the state government’s concern for the welfare of the people, he said.
Echoing his sentiment, 33-year-old Sitti Arni Ingkat, a resident of Kampung Telisai, Tungku, said they welcomed the government’s assistance, such as food baskets and the Bantuan Prihatin Nasional (BPN) aid, as they provided relief to those deeply impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.