SEVERAL factories in Penang are compelling their workers to observe strict home quarantine to contain the spread of Covid-19.
Not wanting to be insubordinate, the workers duly stayed indoors but this has led to a predicament: many of the workers are running out of food.
Paya Terubong assemblyman Yeoh Soon Hin got wind of this and found out that the struggling workers are housed in Paya Terubong and Relau within his constituency.
“We found some of the affected factory workers were facing issues with food supply while under their employers’ compulsory home quarantine order.
“We arranged for a Paya Terubong service team along with the Mutiara Food Bank team to help out and provide them with food supplies.
“As most of the affected factory workers are poor, we hope this aid will ease their burden, ” he said in a statement on Wednesday.
Yeoh, who is also Penang tourism and creative economy committee chairman, urged the public to always adhere to the standard operating procedures.
He said they should wear face masks, practise physical distancing and avoid going out unnecessarily or gathering in crowds.
“The Covid-19 pandemic impacted our economy and many workers have had their livelihood affected in these challenging times.
“As such, I hope community and social leaders can cultivate a sense of love and compassion for the needy during this pandemic, ” said Yeoh.