KUALA LUMPUR: The public has given the thumbs up to the proposal to set up a Community Chest for people to donate cash for use during trying times.
Through the initiative, proposed by Alliance for Safe Community chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye (pic), donors can contribute as little as RM1 on a regular basis to the chest.
He said the Community Chest should be a public initiative, where its rules and regulations can be worked out with the government in consultation with philanthropists in the private sector.
For 28-year-old content moderator Pravin Rasu, a Community Chest would be useful for those affected by the pandemic.
“It may not be significant, but it may help especially if the recipient is also receiving Bantuan Prihatin Nasional or i-Sinar.
Marketing executive Sarah Tan, 27, said a Community Chest would help as it would go a long way in supporting those affected by the pandemic.
However, she said it would be crucial to set up a transparent mechanism in order to ensure the donations are channelled to those truly in need.
Accountant Louise Lau, 30, said she had never heard of the proposal before but she believes it would be a good initiative to aid those who were affected by the pandemic.
“However, I also question whether the money can actually reach those who are really in need, ” she added.
Separately, Lee in a statement said the community must come together to do everything possible to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
He said in the matter of combating Covid-19, no amount of effort by the health authorities and the frontliners could help if the community was not prepared to share the responsibilities to ensure the health and safety of the community.
“When everyone in the community shares responsibility for safety and health, the community is assured of its best protection.
“A community that is well informed will be one where the members of the community value safety as a way of life, ” he said.