A GROUP of 11 Malaysians have started a voluntary project to support hawkers in the Klang Valley that have been badly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Known as DabaoKL, it is an offshoot of the pioneer project in Penang – DabaoPG – but run by a new set of volunteers.
Its communications representative Bryan Lee Soon Kheong said DabaoKL was formed to raise awareness about local hawkers.
“The idea for DabaoKL first came about when DabaoPG, which was launched in June, reached out to find volunteers interested in helping establish a team for Kuala Lumpur.
“It brought together Malaysians from different backgrounds with a mutual goal of contributing to our beloved country during this unprecedented time,” said the 27-year-old.
Lee said the project was launched on Aug 8 to coincide with National Day celebrations as a reminder that we could achieve more when united.
He added that the hawker culture in Malaysia was something unique and we should strive to preserve it and ensure it did not vanish because of the pandemic.
“The current situation has been a huge blow to many businesses, especially stall operators who are digitally disadvantaged.
“These stalls are usually run by those from the older generation, with many being less tech-savvy.
“Thus, they are left behind as more people order online,” said Lee.
He said DabaoKL aimed to feature these hawkers on social media to increase their exposure while also highlighting hidden gems located in the vicinity.
“Those who want to order are encouraged to connect to the hawker directly.
“Although third-party platforms can assist local businesses gain exposure, the stalls’ low profit margin will make it difficult for them to go on board,” he added.
DabaoKL has a platform accessible through their social media pages, which allows the public and stall owners to submit information or recommend stalls.
“We are currently setting up a navigation map for people to locate the hawkers featured.
“There are also plans for the team to expand beyond Kuala Lumpur to districts such as Sabak Bernam and Hulu Langat in Selangor,” said Lee.
For details, go to Instagram @dabaokl