TRISHAW riders in Penang were elated to get their Covid-19 vaccinations at Dewan Sri Pinang on Sunday.
Among the 165 trishaw riders who received their vaccine jabs was Abdul Kadir Kalidas Abdullah, 51, who expressed happiness that he finally got his chance to be inoculated.
He said the vaccine jab “is quite a sting, but it is all worth it if it means getting one step closer to returning back to business.”
He also urged the public to register themselves as Covid-19 vaccine recipients in an effort to make Malaysia a safer place by achieving herd immunity.
Apart from the vaccination, trishaw riders also got to enjoy other freebies including medical checkups, one-year renewal of their trishaw licence, as well as a free haircut and shave at the event.
Trishaw rider Chan Siew Kong, 80, said he felt absolutely refreshed after getting his first haircut ever since the full movement control order (MCO) was implemented.
He said the vaccination shot and freebies gave him a glimmer of hope that there would be a brighter turn of events after the Covid-19 pandemic is over.
“I believe that this is a good omen for us and we hope that once we are all fully vaccinated, we will be ready to welcome tourists again and resume our business,” he added.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow and state executive councillor for tourism, arts and creative economy Yeoh Soon Hin were present at the event held at Dewan Sri Pinang.
Yeoh said the state government had made special arrangements for 300 trishaw riders and taxi drivers to receive their vaccine jabs this month. – Bernama