Non-medical frontliners are heroes, too

NOT all superheroes wear capes. And not all of them wear medical scrubs either.

While the nation has been appropriately and vocally grateful to the health frontliners who risk their lives every time they handle a patient, there are others who are also risking much to keep essential services going while we stay home to comply with the movement control order (MCO) to stop the spread of Covid-19.

They are the food delivery drivers, supermarket workers, restaurant cooks, security guards, cleaners, garbage collectors and grass cutters, to name a few.

The new Batman is the man who delivers food to our homes.

The new Wonder Woman is the woman who cleans our offices.

The new Superman is the man who collects our garbage.

The new Captain Marvel is the woman who secures our residential park.

They are the unknown and unseen heroes besides the doctors, nurses, police officers and firefighters who are on the front lines of this pandemic.

For food delivery riders, supermarket workers, security guards, cleaners, garbage collectors and grass cutters risk exposure to the invisible enemy while completing essential tasks that we might take for granted.

They worry about catching the virus at work and infecting their family members when they return home.

They wash their work clothes in warm water and soap, and shower before embracing their loved ones.

They sacrifice time working with their children on the new e-learning programmes that teach kids now that schools are closed.

Many work under the hot sun, keeping public spaces from becoming overgrown and harbouring that other, older, enemy – Aedes mosquitoes carrying dengue.

Many ride or drive in heavy rain to deliver food to our homes.

They continue to serve us so that we can stay at home.

And most are not acknowledged.

They are like Bruce Wayne, Clark Kent and Diana Prince – few recognise the Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman coming to our rescue.

Are we giving them the recognition they deserve?

We should make a human connection with them so that they feel their efforts are appreciated.

At the least we should give them a smile or a thumbs up to let them know that they are doing an extraordinary job.

They leave their homes and families so that we can #StayHome, #DudukRumah.

On behalf of every Malaysian, we salute these superheroes.

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