On THE brink of despair, Yeo Kiat Ming, 30, pulled out an old white shirt from his cupboard, fixed it onto a wooden pole and placed it at the window of his low-cost flat in Klang.
He was desperate and the white “flag” was the only way he could think of to get his family of eight some food and basic necessities.
“I live with my parents, a sister and four brothers.
“With the difficulty of finding jobs, we had dipped into our savings to run the household but we had exhausted even the money in the coin box, ” said Kiat Ming as he pointed to an old tin.
He has been jobless since the auto workshop he worked at closed in June last year.
“A neighbour had told me about the (White Flag) movement that was started by Malaysians for those in need of food and essentials, so that others would get to know of their plight and render immediate aid, ” he said.
After the family’s savings ran out a few months ago, his neighbours in the low-cost walk-up flats at Jalan Batu Nilam 15, Bandar Bukit Tinggi in Klang, contributed canned food and eggs, which had kept the family going.
“We are grateful for the kindness of our neighbours.
“An older brother has managed to get a job as a delivery rider while another sells biscuits around the Bandar Bukit Tinggi area, which enables us to pay utility bills and get some basic groceries for just one meal, ” said Kiat Ming.
After hearing of the white flag, Klang MCA Youth chief Datuk BK Tan immediately came to enquire and promised to help with groceries.
Tan along with Klang MCA Wanita chief Tee Hooi Ling, deputy Wanita chief Datin Gan Jew and other MCA members visited Kiat Ming and his family.
The team contributed dry provisions, fresh vegetables and cash.
Tan also gave words of encouragement to Kiat Ming and his parents Yeo Chin Seng, 60, and mother Fong Yet Choo, 55.
“I believe our contribution, the visit to the family and words of encouragement have lifted their spirits and they are now more hopeful for the future.
“They also receive RM300 from Klang Welfare Department every month, ” said Tan.
He noted that the White Flag movement signalled a growing desperation among people as they struggled to put food on the table amid the enhanced movement control order in Selangor.
The restrictions would not be lifted until daily cases fall below 4, 000, but they continue to exceed that number and this was frustrating for all Malaysians, said Tan.
Meanwhile, Klang MCA had also extended help to an elderly couple, Sia Siew Choo, 64, and her 76-year-old husband.
The pair received dry provisions, fresh vegetables and cash, which was handed to them at their home in Jalan Kapar.