Toraja community in Tawau affected by MCO gets a lifeline 


TAWAU: Over 500 Toraja people affected by the Movement Control Order received a helping hand from a local NGO.

Toraja Community Malaysia association (PKTM)  chairman for Tawau chapter Petrus Bernard said that the assistance given to the community with the help from leaders based in Kuala Lumpur who wanted to extend assistance to the unique Toraja community in Sabah.

“Although the association does not have any financial stability, yet we realized that it is our responsibility to help our community in dire needs during the MCO.

“All of us decided to collect money and help those in need accordingly,” he said after launching the donation drive at Hill Top village, today.

He added that over 500 PKTM members were affected and required help, which the assistance is given periodically based on our funds available and manpower.

“In the first phase, we helped single mothers, senior citizens, sick people, and others who lost their daily job because of MCO.

“We hope this donation will help to ease the Toraja community and for those yet to receive any assistance, to be patience in receiving the assistance which will be handed in the upcoming scheduled phase,” he added.

Around 31 location around Tawau has been identified and they will do all the necessary to help them, Petrus highlighted.