Where is food aid for B40, asks Ipoh Barat MP

Ipoh Barat MP M Kula Segaran says about 1,500 families in his constituency have asked for assistance during the MCO.

PETALING JAYA: Ipoh Barat MP M Kula Segaran said the B40 group in his constituency has not received food aid despite claims that it has been distributed to them.

He asked Putrajaya the reasons for the delay, saying Malaysia is entering the fourth phase of the movement control order (MCO) but the poor have yet to receive food aid.

Since April 2, Kula said, numerous attempts to reach out to the welfare authorities in Ipoh Barat had failed.

“When we finally managed to get connected to the Welfare Department in the Kinta district, we were told that all of the food items have been distributed. To whom were the food aid distributed to?” he asked in a statement today.

Kula said the aid may have been distributed to Umno, PAS and PPBM divisions and did not reach the “most vulnerable”.

“There are many families and children who are going to bed hungry every night during this extraordinary time,” the former human resources minister said.

He said this contradicted Women, Family and Community Development Minister Rina Harun’s statement that no one would be left out in the aid distribution.

“I ask all of us to put aside our political affiliations for a moment,” he said.

Kula said about 1,500 families had asked for assistance and he and his team had managed to reach out to some 200 families.

He said they had been working with three NGOs tirelessly to prepare and distribute food but with limited financial resources and manpower, “the full extent of aid” could only come from Putrajaya.

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