Thousands asking for help since MCO, says MP
Published on: Tuesday, April 07, 2020
By: Lagatah Toyos
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Volunteers unloading food aid to be distributed to a household.
KALABAKAN: Kalabakan Member of Parliament Ma’mun Sulaiman said he received thousands of messages, WhatsApp texts and phone calls from people seeking help since the Movement Control Order (MCO) came into force 19 days ago.

According to him, some people are appealing and crying because of financial difficulties in buying kitchen essentials and complaining there is insufficient food supply and even loss of income.

He said he understood their situation and is trying to help as much as possible, even using his salary as a People’s Representative.

Ma’mun claimed, over 1, 500 people have been helped in terms of basic daily and financial supplies, but more people needed assistance, especially those within 200 km of Tawau town centre .

Elaborating, he said, the assistance provided by him so far has used the resources of the Kalabakan Parliamentary People’s Service Centre and involved his own remuneration.

“Even using our own funds, at least some assistance can be provided, especially for people who are desperate and cannot afford daily food supplies,” he said in a statement.

To date, he said, the machinery of the Kalabakan Parliament is still gathering information from various complainants, including those who are in direct contact with him.

He hoped that everyone would be patient as the Chief Minister and the State Government were working to ensure that the implementation process for the welfare  of the people affected by the MCO and Covid19 could run more smoothly.

Ma’mun said it maximised the existing resources to ease the burden of all parties despite resource constraints because for him, the people could not be left alone in facing the crisis of the Covid19 virus.

He also hoped that more people could be helped after the State Government’s aid was mobilized for the sake of the peoples welfare and helping as many as possible.

Residents of the Kalabakan parliamentary constituency who are facing problems, he said, can call 089-777191 to provide information to his machinery.


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