Sarawakians and Sabahans in JB seek help

The majority of traders at Borneo Market are now doing business online to comply with the closure order during the MCO. - Filepic

JOHOR BARU: The Sarawak and Sabahan community in Johor Baru, especially from the B40 group, are seeking aid from the Johor state government.

Pasar Borneo Johor Association chairman Nili Akmuli said the daily necessities distributed by the Welfare Department (JKM) was not enough for all in the community in the district.

“There are more than 10,000 Sarawakians living in Johor Baru, with a majority working in the industries in Pasir Gudang, Johor Baru and Singapore.

“Since the movement control order (MCO) started, many have lost their source of income.

“They can no longer go to work and take care of their families, ” he said. Nili added that the association had received a lot of requests for help from the Sarawak community.

“We cannot help all and do what we can for those in dire straits, ” he said, adding that he hoped the state government would lend a helping hand as the cost of living in the state was high.

He said the majority of traders at Borneo Market here had also shifted their business to online during the MCO.

“Some are able to do this and earn some income. For this group, we help promote their products through social media.

“The products they sell include vegetables and some traditional delicacies, ” he said.

He added these traders planted the vegetables at their homes to sell.

United Sabah Suluk Association president Faisal Sisar said the majority of Sabahans in Johor Baru worked at the industries here.

“Most are now using up their savings to survive and need help.

“We are thankful because there has been continuous support and help from many groups for these people.

“The association helps those in need, especially single mothers, the disabled and the elderly, ” he said, adding that traders from Pasar Muafakat Sabah were now doing business online.

He said the items the traders sold were Sabahan food such as sianglag (fried cassava), piutu (boiled cassava) and tiyula itum (black soup).

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