In an effort to help ease the burden of extra expenses during the pandemic, a business owner in Penang is giving away boxes of face masks to customers.
Khaw Eu Chye, 39, who runs a motorcycle repair, sales and insurance claims business, has been giving out a box of 50 masks to every customer who gets his engine oil changed at the shop along Jalan Ayer Itam.
“The economy is really bad now and many are out of work.
“To top it off, you now need to wear masks when you go out and they are not cheap. Many have resorted to reusing the masks.
“I wanted to help in some way and this seemed like a good idea, ” he said when met at his shop. Khaw said he had given out over 300 boxes since he started the initiative in October.
“I now have 700 boxes on hand to give out.
“I will continue to give them out until the movement control order is lifted and things go back to normal.
“If we are still not out of the woods, I will continue giving them out.
“Changing the engine oil for my customers does not cost me much. Usually, I charge RM15.
“The boxes are just a way of looking out for motorcyclists and their families. “We give out around 20 to 30 boxes daily.
“It is nice to see my customers smile when they receive a box. They are quite appreciative of the gesture, ” he said.
Khaw said he also gave out face masks when the haze was bad last year.
“We used to stand by the side of the road to hand out face masks to passers-by.
“This time, things are different as many are struggling to make ends meet.
“We are all going through trying times and must help each other in some way or another, ” he said.
Khaw, who has been running his business for the past 10 years, said he hoped things would get better for everyone soon.
“Until then, I will continue my way of keeping people safe and easing their burden, ” he said.
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