Stricken foreigners living in villages in Sepang, which have been declared a Covid-19 red zone, have been included in food aid distribution programmes by the respective village community management councils (MPKK) and mosque committees.
The proactive action by the MPKK and mosque committees will help tide over those affected during the movement control order (MCO) period.
“We are doing this on humanitarian grounds, ” said Kampung Sungai Merab village head Aris Said.
“We are also not asking questions about documentation at a time when there are bigger worries.
“Many of the foreigners living here are contract labourers and farm hands.
“Due to the MCO, some have not been working so they are not getting wages which is day-based.”
There are some 40 families comprising Indonesia, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Pakistan nationalities residing in Kampung Sungai Merab which falls under the Dengkil township.
Twelve families have received food packs containing essentials like rice, cooking oil, sugar, flour, vermicelli, biscuits and eggs.
Aris said the aid was initiated by the Masjid Kampung Sungai Merab committee with help from public donations on a case-by-case basis regardless of their religion or legal status.
“To my knowledge, no embassy representative has come to do a census on their nationals in this part of the district yet.
“So the masjid committee took initiative, ” said Aris.
In Kampung Labu Lanjut which is located in the Labu township, village head Damarulan Hassim said 35 of the 100 Indonesians received food packs from the MPKK since the MCO began.
A majority of them were labourers, he said.
Damarulan added that when times were good, many of them demonstrated good neighbourliness by taking part in communal clean-ups, sometimes turning up in bigger numbers than locals.
Funding aid for Kampung Labu Lanjut was from the Selangor government and public donations.
In Kampung Salak Tinggi, also in Labu, village head Muhamad Nazlan Yahya said some five households from the Indonesian community received food packs.
All 50 families in this community were already receiving aid from the Indonesian Embassy but some breadwinners had fallen ill and were unable to work.
In Kampung Dato’ Abu Bakar Baginda, Dengkil, village head Ruzi Mat Juri said though the Covid-19 committee set up by their MPKK had no budget to extend food aid to the 700 foreigners there, they would not turn away those coming to the centre asking for help.
So far, 120 foreign nationals had received food packs.
“As we have 150 to 200 locals requiring help, we are not able to be overly generous with our foreign neighbours.
“We hope their embassies are able to assess the situation of their nationals soon, ” said Ruzi.
Dengkli assemblyman Adhif Syan Abdullah said the embassies had been contacted.
“So far, a team from the Indonesian Embassy has done a census on their nationals in Dengkil with police assistance.
“Other embassies have followed suit and will be distributing food aid to their nationals soon, also with help from the police, ” said Adhif.
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