5 Malaysian groups who are helping hard-pressed communities during the pandemic


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  • Saturday, 22 Aug 2020

Caremongering Malaysia volunteers distributing food to families living in Taman Bukit Angkasa, Pantai, Kuala Lumpur in June. Photo: Caremongering Malaysia

Amidst the economic downturn and the Covid-19 pandemic, it is indeed heartwarming to hear stories of Malaysians who readily lend a helping hand to those in need. Be it social media platforms or individuals rallying together friends and family, these pockets of society demonstrate a true spirit of kindness and thoughtfulness.

1. kitajagakita.com

This online platform, set up on March 18, continues to serve as a one-stop initiative that matches people who want to help (from the rakyat to corporate sponsors) with people who need help (individuals, communities, small businesses, medical community) during the Covid-19 pandemic. The group forsees that their work will continue until the end of the year to help communities and organisations get back on their feet.

2. Caremongering Malaysia - Community Response to Covid-19

This Facebook platform – which has over 11,000 members to date – was created on March 17 to connect like-minded people who want to help ease the burden of families and communities affected by Covid-19 and the MCO. Since then, volunteers from all walks of life have been carrying out kind acts range from distributing food to needy families, donating hand sanitisers to refugee schools, to collecting funds for foreign workers in Johor.

3. Supporting Malaysian Restaurants
This online platform was launched on April 7 on Facebook to support Malaysian restaurants and business vendors throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. On the platform, vendors offer food ranging from dried herbs, desserts to fresh produce. There are now over 30,000 members in this group.

Aiman hopes to collect at least RM6,000 to feed the hungry from Awal Muharram until Merdeka. Photo: Aiman AzahariAiman hopes to collect at least RM6,000 to feed the hungry from Awal Muharram until Merdeka. Photo: Aiman Azahari

4. Feeding the poor

Since Ramadhan, Kuantan resident Aiman Azahari, 36, with the support of his family's restaurant (Nasiayampapa) has been providing 100 packets of chicken rice a day for Kuantan's urban poor. Funds are generated via donations from friends and other caring Malaysians. With funds currently running low, Aiman hopes to collect at least RM6,000 to feed the hungry from Awal Muharram until Merdeka. He hopes to raise enough to pay for at least 100 packets a day, and his family restaurant will top up food for another 15-20 people.

The Rumah Asap Dayak Samarahan has been distributing food aid to poor communities throughout the pandemic. Photo: Patricia JudinThe Rumah Asap Dayak Samarahan has been distributing food aid to poor communities throughout the pandemic. Photo: Patricia Judin

5. Rumah Asap Dayak Samarahan: Route 18

Since the MCO, Sarawakian bistro Rumah Asap Dayak Samarahan (RADS): Route 18 has been providing food aid to poor villagers living around Kota Samarahan and Kuching. Different communities, including Iban, Bidayuh and Malay, came together to provide rice, cooking oil, biscuits, tinned food and flour to impoverished families. RADS founder Patricia Judin worked with Kuching-based food distributor timogah.com on this effort.

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