Vendors make sure newspapers are delivered


  • Nation
  • Monday, 30 Mar 2020

Hard at work: Lai making his rounds in a residential area in Sikamat, Negri Sembilan. He starts his deliveries at 3am daily.

SEREMBAN: They bring the news to us without fail every morning, come rain or shine.

With the movement control order (MCO) in full swing, newspaper vendors here are still going about their work to keep the people informed of the latest developments.

Negri Sembilan Newspaper Vendors’ Association president Lee Chi Bing said the vendors begin their day in the wee hours.

“We are delivering newspapers as usual, ” he said.

The association has almost 200 members.

Lee lamented that the vendors were short of face masks.

“We have asked the firms concerned for face masks but there is a shortage in the market, ” he said.

Newsvendor couple Lai Hai Fa, 70, and Au Lai Kean, 60, said they wake up at 1.30am daily to collect their newspaper bundles.

“I will be lying if I say I’m not worried about the pandemic but at least there is hardly anyone around.

“We also put on face masks and gloves to be extra careful as some say the virus can survive on paper.”

The couple distribute 600 newspapers daily.

“We try to finish our work quickly and then go home. We are usually done around 8am, ” she said.

Au said she and her husband would continue with the job as long as their health permitted.

“I feel happier that the people can still get information despite being forced to stay home, ” she said.

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