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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Putrajaya sets up food distribution centres, wants NGOs to restrict movement

Malaysiakini

CORONAVIRUS | Defence Minister Ismail Sabri said the government appreciates efforts by NGOs in distributing food to the needy during the Movement Control Order (MCO) but wants them to limit their movement so as not to risk spreading Covid-19.
As such, he said the government will be setting up food distribution centres which will enable NGOs to deliver food there instead of going house-to-house.
He said the government will subsequently distribute food to those who need them.
"The government conveys its thanks to the NGOs in helping the people, however, to limit movement during the MCO, we can't have part of the population moving freely distributing food.
"Therefore, I urge the NGOs to deliver food to the Social Welfare Department office in their respective districts.
"The offices will be used to collect food which will then be distributed to the residents," he told a press conference in Putrajaya after chairing the cabinet committee meeting on Covid-19.
He said Rela and the Malaysia Civil Defence Force personnel will be responsible for the house-to-house distribution.
Under the MCO, non-essential businesses and services are ordered closed and people are discouraged from leaving home except for pressing reasons such as to restock on food supplies.
This has severely impacted the B40 community as they are unable to earn any income and have little to no savings.
Some have been forced to depend on food supplied by welfare organisations.
The MCO came into effect on March 18 and was to end on March 31, but has been extended to April 14. - Mkini

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