KUALA LUMPUR: Food delivery rider Mohd Haikal Hassan, 28, said he was glad to hear that people in his line of work would be prioritised in the Federal Territories vaccination programme.
“We are constantly on the go and despite minimal contact on the job, there is still risk of being exposed to the Covid-19 virus.
“Sometimes, I do worry about getting infected but I still have to carry on as it is my full-time job.
“It would be great if our vaccination could be fast-tracked,” he said.
PPR Intan Baiduri Residents Association chairman Rashid Samad, 60, lauded the government’s efforts in mobilising the vaccination programme by dispatching trucks under the MyMedic@ Wilayah initiative to PPR flats in Kuala Lumpur to administer the Covid-19 vaccine for residents.
“The initiative provides convenience to the people, especially senior citizens and the disabled as they may have trouble going to vaccination centres,” he said, expressing hope that the vaccination truck would visit his PPR soon.
PPR Kampung Baru Air Panas Residents Association chairman Mohd Faizal Ibrahim said the vaccination truck is scheduled to be at their PPR from June 29 to July 1 to administer 1,800 vaccine doses to senior citizens, disabled persons and those suffering from chronic diseases.
“This initiative has made the residents very happy as they do not need to face the difficulty of going to the vaccination centre,” he said.
He noted that the assigned PPV might be far away or that some might not have anyone to look after their children while they went for their vaccination appointment.
“However, I hope the government can consider increasing the vaccine allocation for PPR residents as the current volume only covers about 20% of the population here,” he said, adding that PPR Kampung Baru Air Panas has about 11,000 residents.
Stakeholders from various sectors also welcomed the Wilayah Cakna 6.0 initiatives that would benefit commercial sectors as well as vulnerable B40 groups.
Rashid said the 50% discount on PPR flats’ monthly rental was good news for the residents.
“We pay RM124 monthly in rent for our PPR units. The amount was waived during the first MCO.
“In this lockdown, I think a 50% discount is also helpful.
“It will ease the burden of residents, especially single-parent families and others in the B40 group who are struggling and their income has been further affected by this lockdown,” he added.
Mohd Faizal was thankful that their public plea to reduce the monthly rental was heard.
“About 50 residents had come to us asking about the rental discounts and we have relayed the message to the flats’ joint management body committee.
“The incentive by DBKL comes as a relief to residents who are mostly from the B40 group.
“Many are struggling to get through this lockdown and the discount will cushion their financial burden,” he said.