Rural folk thank state govt for ‘Sarawakku Sayang’ food aid

Dennis (standing centre) with children of Ba Pakan who were all smiles after receiving the food aid.

MIRI: Recipients of the ‘Sarawakku Sayang’ food assistance in the rural areas are thankful to the state government for reducing their burden and making their life better.

This was shown during the food aid distribution in Ba Pakan, one of the most remote settlements in Telang Usan constituency, by its assemblyman Dennis Ngau recently.

A village committee member Joshua Geng received the food assistance at their village on behalf of village headman Pada Jutang, who could not be present.

“We appreciate the effort by our government, and we cannot do much but to pray to God to protect our leaders, wakil rakyat (people’s representative) and everyone who have helped us,” said Joshua.

Joshua disclosed that what had been delivered might not be sufficient for all families in the 57-door Ba Pakan village, but the villagers had decided to share what they had received.

“We maintain the spirit of togetherness whether in good or bad times,” Joshua added.

Dennis applauded the community spirit and reminded the villagers to keep it alive.

He noted that the food aid had brought joy to the people in the rural areas, especially children.

“It may only be instant noodles, something which is very common to children living in cities or towns, but for children of the very remote settlements who have not consumed it for several weeks, the sight of the packets of noodles brought joy to them,” he said.

At the ceremony, Dennis shared the latest happenings in the country especially with regards to Covid-19 and explained reasons behind the federal government’s decision to extend the Movement Control Order to April 28.

“It is a difficult decision to make but it is all done for the safety of all Malaysians,” he reassured.

Dennis reminded the rural folks to stay vigilant despite staying far deep in the interior, and not to allow strangers to enter their longhouse without any valid reason and not to travel outside the village unless really necessary.

He said that he was glad to see all villages he passed by in Sungai Apoh, Patah-Abang and Sungai Akah had constructed barriers to bar strangers from entering their villages without permission.

“Also, follow strictly any directives from the authorities including from the head of Borneo Evangelical Mission to not hold church service but do it in individual homes throughout the MCO period,” he added.

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