by BERNAMA/ pic by BERNAMA
THE Social Welfare Department (JKM) has denied allegations that it was handing out food aid baskets of low value, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (picture) said.
He said this was informed by Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun at the Special Meeting of Ministers on Implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO) today.
“The issue being raised is the insufficient amount of food given, with claims that the total amount came up to only RM35 worth of food. There are individuals who had posted these allegations on their social media accounts.
“The minister (Rina) has informed that JKM receives contributions from non-governmental organisations and various other parties, but the value and total cost of the contributions are not stated. It can be RM30, RM50 RM70, RM100, RM200, it’s up to them. The minister had also stated that the food baskets are not from JKM,” he said at the MCO daily media conference here today.
On April 17, it was reported that about 1.1 million people nationwide will benefit from the distribution of food aid baskets by the Social Welfare Department (SWD) throughout the Movement Control Order (MCO).
The department said the distribution of the food baskets would involve 279,223 households affected by the MCO.