Hannah Yeoh Upset with Rina over Delay in Food Aid for Opposition-Held Areas

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Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh has called on Women, Family and Community Development Ministry Minister Rina Harun to step up and ensure the delivery of food aid hampers to those in opposition-held constituencies.

Yeoh today questioned if the ministry was being selective in distributing the 1,000 food baskets promised to help households cope with the restrictions under the movement control order (MCO).

“We are entering the third and fourth weeks of the MCO and the 1,000 baskets promised by the government to be distributed to the people through the Social Welfare Department to parliamentary constituency have not been delivered.”


“As of the time of this writing (Friday noon) there are at least 54 opposition parliamentary constituencies who have not received any such assistance,” said Yeoh, who proceeded to list them. 

The constituencies yet to receive the aid include Shah Alam, Sepang, Subang, Bukit Mertajam, Penampang and Kampar.

Notably in the list, the only opposition-held constituency to receive its full quota of 1,000 was that of Langkawi which is represented by former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad. Kangar had received 900 hampers, but most opposition-held constituencies in her report had received nothing.

She said any delay in distribution would affect families, especially those from the B40 segment.

“The minister must be prepared to manage the aid more fairly if the MCO is to be extended,” Yeoh said in a Facebook post, referring to Women and Family Development Minister Rina Harun.

She urged Rina to improve the delivery system to ensure that aid is not distributed selectively.