Annuar assures food for all including foreigners in locked down Selayang

Annuar Musa. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: The government has assured that everyone including foreigners within the enhanced movement control order (EMCO) areas surrounding the Selayang wholesale market here would be provided with food.

Federal Territories Minister Annuar Musa said the government would not use public funds for the purpose.

“We won’t use taxpayers’ money for their food supply, so a special fund is being set up to raise money to buy basic food for foreigners in the EMCO areas,” he told Bernama Radio.

He said the latest census showed some 16,000 of the 22,000 people living in the affected areas are foreigners, including Rohingya refugees who have been issued the United Nations Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) cards.

“When the initial census was taken there were only 10,000 foreigners but after a more thorough census, the figure rose to 16,000,” he added.

Annuar said contribution for the special fund has reached over RM1 million.

The public can donate through the Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory Crisis Management Centre in Jalan Tun Razak.

“Any party wishing to donate any form of food supply to the local people at the EMCO areas will be managed by the Social Welfare Department,” he said.

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