Klang folk are going about their business despite the implementation of the conditional movement control order (MCO) on the town since last Friday.
The group most affected are roadside traders as well as some morning and night market traders in the 36 neighbourhoods of Klang province.
“During the first MCO many people sought help, ” said Amelia Homes Residents Association (AHRA) vice-president Jacob Arulraj.
“Through our church and our residents association, we were able to offer help to the needy by giving daily essentials like food and clothes, ” he said.
Together with AHRA president Munusamy Naidu, they raised funds among the residents to help foreign workers who had lost their jobs.
The foreign workers are scattered around Bandar Parklands, Bukit Tinggi and Pandamaran.
“This time we have not really done anything from our residents’ side because we have not yet come across anyone looking for help.
“However, if we get a request, we will mobilise and help in any way we can, ” said Jacob, adding that his church group had always been helping those in need even before the MCO took place in March.
Jacob believes not many are seeking help because most sectors of the economy are still allowed to operate.
Neighbourhoods with restricted access are Taman Sri Andalas, parts of Taman Bayu Perdana, Kampung Kuantan, Bandar Puteri, Taman Suria Pendamar (Pandamaran), Perdana Villa (Taman Sentosa) and Jalan Sungai Udang (Kampung Delek Klang).
Although these areas have been blocked, residents can be seen walking in and out, and climbing over the concrete barriers to get out.
Taman Klang Utama residents association vice-president Benson Tan said they had not come across anyone looking for help this time around.
“We have an active WhatsApp chat group where most residents are willing to help anyone who reaches out.
“So far people are more concerned over the new standard operating procedures (SOP), so we have been busy passing on the information, ” he said.
Tan added that those seeking help for food and daily necessities would be directed to local leaders who have the means to help immediately.
Klang MP Charles Santiago started a food bank in July to provide daily necessities to the B40 group.
It is targeting to help factory workers and daily wage earners living in movement-restricted areas in town.
Those affected will be given fresh vegetables and items like rice, flour, sardine and noodles.
Meanwhile, offices of Sentosa assemblyman G. Gunaraj and Pandamaran assemblyman Tony Leong have been extending help to the B40 group since the MCO and will continue to do so during this conditional MCO if the need arises.