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GRS URGED TO ROLL OUT FOOD ASSISTANCE WITHOUT FAVOURITISM


15 JAN 2021


KOTA KINABALU: The Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) state government should not wait for Kuala Lumpur approval, instead to immediately hand out the Covid-19 assistance programmes.


Warisan Vice President Datuk Junz Wong said GRS should be taking charge in assisting the people as Sabahans are suffering due to the implementation of the second Movement Control Order (MCO).


“While the second MCO and State of Emergency have been declared, no assistance nor economic programmes and help has been announced.


"GRS should not wait for the green light from KL but take charge in assisting Sabahans instead,” he said in a statement today.


Junz who is also the Tanjung Aru State Assemblyman has started distributing food aid to his constituents on Thursday, in hope to help relieve the burden of more Sabahans.

Junz at his office's storage and packing centre in Tanjung Aru.

"My office has started distributing food aid on Thursday. We are in the Opposition and our funding has been totally cut but we will try to help as many as possible.


"But GRS who is the current government should have started distributing help by now so that Sabahans who are forced to stay at home have food to eat,” he said.


He added that daily wage earners, the hardcore poor and hawkers are among the people who are likely to be greatly affected.


"How can they be told to stay at home, when they are also worried about putting food on the table for their families?” he questioned.


Lamenting the lack of proactiveness from GRS, Junz said the state government have yet to disclose how many Sabahans have received help from the government.


"Last month at the State Assembly, I asked how many people in Tanjung Aru have received the promised food basket from GRS, but there was no oral or written answer. Why the secrecy? Is GRS afraid to disclose the numbers because it is too low?


"Why don't GRS disclose and break down how many and from where those who have received the so-called food basket are?”


He disclosed that between March and August 2020, when Warisan was still the government, a total of 11,100 food packs were distributed around Tanjung Aru.


“We went-door-to door instead of limiting the food assistance to e-kasih,” he stated.


Between October to December 2020, as Opposition, Junz has distributed 4,000 food packs around Tanjung Aru.

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