By Khairul Azran Hussin
AMPANG, JULY 30 — The Selangor Food Bank program will be implemented starting September to help urban poor families affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, said Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari.
Amirudin said the state government had allocated RM5 million to ensure food aid and basic necessities were delivered to the target group.
“The RM5 million allocation has actually been included in the Selangor Budget this year, but following the outbreak and the implementation of the movement control order (MCO), we are reviewing the program’s implementation.
“The state government has now identified the target area and the recipients, we hope the program can be started by September,” he said after attending a contribution presentation ceremony to the Pangsapuri Berembang Indah community here, today.
Amirudin said the state is doing its best in managing the impact of the epidemic, especially to reduce the burden and suffering of the people.
“But we may not be able to satisfy all parties, to meet the needs of all is impossible yet Selangor is the state that has provided various initiatives since Covid-19 hit,” he said.
Selangor was the first state to announce assistance to the target group through the Selangor Prihatin economic stimulus package on March 20, the third day of the MCO implementation.
While the Federal government and other states are still doing their estimation, Selangor has presented an assistance package of RM127.8 million.
On April 1, the State Government announced the second phase of the Selangor Prihatin Economic Stimulus Package amounting to RM272.5 million followed by the medium-term state economic recovery plan presented in the Selangor State Legislative Assembly sitting on July 13.
The plan, an extension of the two phases of the Selangor Prihatin stimulus package in March and April, and is based on three main pillars, namely food security, economic sustainability and capacity building. The total value of the plan is RM55.85 billion.