KITA KINABALU: Motivated by a deep concern over the plight of Sabahans facing the uncertainties due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Sabah Umno will donate RM1million worth of essential supplies to assist those hit hard as result of this disease.

A statement released by Tan Sri Musa Haji Aman, Former Sabah Umno Liaison Chief, stated that food staples, household items and protective medical items such as masks and sanitizers will be distributed to those in need regardless of race, religion and political affiliation.

“I have discussed the matter with Sabah Umno Liaison Chief Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin who will oversee the distribution of the supplies via the state Umno Secretariat,” he said.

Sabah Umno’s machinery is in place to facilitate the distribution of such assistance to those badly affected by Covid-19, a virus that has infected 1518 and resulted in 15 deaths in Malaysia, according to him.

Sabah has the third highest number of infections at 169 including 1 death.

“Nevertheless these are unprecedented and challenging times whereby many have had their monthly wages reduced and local businesses too are severely affected due to the impact of Covid-19.”

“While we know that the Movement Control Order (MCO) has affected livelihoods and our daily lives, the rakyat must abide by the government’s decision and understand that there can be no compromise on it because it is about saving lives and the wellbeing of the nation,” he stressed.

“Managing Covid-19 effectively is a matter of life and death. We must not only adhere to the MCO, we should work together to ensure it’s success in an effort to flatten the infection curve.”

“While 1 million may seem small to some, it is my hope that the assistance will lessen the burden for those struggling and in desperate need for staples such as rice, cooking oil and gas.”

They will also be discussing with other parties such as Parti Bersatu Sabah, Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah, Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia on pooling our respective resources to help mitigate the impact of Covid-19 on the people of Sabah.

“During these challenging times, every little bit helps. We should put aside politics and come together to lend a helping hand to those who desperately need it.”-pr/BNN