Ever since the first ever MCO was implemented way back in March 2020, it’s becoming more evident that more and more people have been suffering both physically and mentally.
Over the past few weeks, many disheartening incidents including suicide, depression and crime due to the hardships have been dominating the headlines. Upon seeing this increasing worrying situation, netizens have called for several movements to raise awareness among members of the public. This include the #BenderaPutih campaign.
Having said that, we can also see that a lot of local celebrities have been putting out their best to help those who are in need. Here’s what the celebs have been doing so far:
1. Siti Nurhaliza
Earlier this month, the legendary songstress launched the “Bantuan Prihatin 2021” program in an effort to provide assistance to affected families with children aged six years and below. According to Siti, the program was introduced as an initiative to help alleviate the burden of those in need during the current MCO as well as EMCO period.
“This aid focuses on providing essential items for children aged six years and below, which can be applied for by families in need who are living in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur. We will work on it in stages and target about 1,500 families affected by this pandemic to be helped while the MCO and EMCO period is underway,” she said in a statement posted on her IG.
2. Vivy Yusof
Vivy Yusof’s dUCk brand, in collaboration with Kitafund, has taken the initiative by setting up a fund in order to help single moms, in addition to those who are in need as a result of the prolonged MCO period. They are currently targeting to achieve RM500,000 worth of donations for basic necessities such as rice, baby milk, pampers and also daily food for families throughout Malaysia. They also revealed that they’re aiming for a total of 8,000 families to receive these benefits.
In a statement posted on her FB account, the sensational actress-businesswoman has provided a space for vendors selling items specifically for children to promote their stuffs online. “Special for ‘Children’s Items’ dealers only. Please promote your business in the comments section! Remember, this status is only for ‘Children’s Goods’ sellers,” Lofa shared.
As for other vendors, the “Suri Hati Mr. Pilot” actress informed that they will also receive the same opportunity at a different time. She wrote, “Wait for your turn. Hopefully this (initiative) will help in the information search process and can also help in creating business transactions.”
4. Naim Daniel
Popular singer Naim Daniel has been offering to help the people in need by opening a food bank located at the Petronas petrol station in Taman Pelangi, Semenyih. Among the items provided are rice, instant noodles, salt, sugar, biscuits, baby disposable diapers, milk, sardines and flour.
In the meantime, Naim also openly received suggestions from his followers to provide two more necessities, namely laundry detergent and sanitary napkins. “Some great ideas I got from my followers is to buy detergent and sanitary pads, as well. So, we’ve added these items to the list. Thank you for giving me your suggestion,” he said in the clip.
5. Cik B
The daughter of entrepreneur Dato’ Seri Vida garnered netizen’s attention this week for her generous effort in helping people who raise the white flag around Ipoh, Perak. Cik B recently uploaded a clip of her and her brother, Kacak, sending essential items such as food and diapers to the homes of those in need on her Instagram.
Interestingly enough, the 16-year-old even used her own money to pay for the items! In the same post, Cik B (real name Nur Edlynn Zamileen Muhammad Amin) also urged those in Ipoh to leave comments under her video if they needed contributions as well.
Singer and composer Altimet, along with his team members, have been very active in giving out food supply to those who raised their #BenderaPutih at their homes. It is understood that they have already started providing assistance since earlier this month, and their mission covers several nearby areas.
A seen in the “Amboi” jam-maker’s post on IG, some of the locations include areas in the Klang Valley such as Ukay Perdana, Bukit Antarabangsa and Keramat. “No need to take our photos. We place (the items), then we make a move straight away,” he wrote on the caption.
Besides these famous figures, there are many many more kind souls who have stepped up in hopes to ease the burdens of those badly affected by the pandemic!