When Malaysia entered the Movement Control Order (MCO) back in March, it affected a lot of people. Some had to deal with pay cuts while others were unable to keep their jobs. This led to a lot of Malaysians seeking out alternative sources of income. While some could secure new jobs, others had to rely on their skills such as cooking and baking. Additionally, some have started their own businesses in an attempt to make ends meet. However, despite these tough times, Malaysians have come together to support each other. In fact, our #KitaJagaKita movement is an admirable effort!
The biggest way that many of us are showing support is by going to local brands and businesses. Some examples include local eateries like Burgerlab, the mamak, or your neighbourhood kopitiam. Many people also took to social media to promote their home based businesses such as baked goods and yummy meals.
Other than that, Grab also saw a huge influx in Grab food delivery orders. Instead of putting all the pressure on the riders, Grab also directed their GrabCar drivers to this segment. Therefore, many Grab drivers could still maintain an income despite the control on movement.
If financial support was not an option, Malaysians didn’t hesitate to share new businesses on social media. In fact, a food stall in Subang Jaya made the rounds recently in a Facebook post. Captain Azrin Mohamad who is a pilot is now running ‘Kapten Corner’ in USJ 11 where he serves mee curry, bihun sup, laksa utara, and rojak buah.
Further proof that the aviation industry is suffering can be seen in AirAsia’s new food move. The AirAsia food app was launched to support local enterprises with over 200 merchants available such as Santan, Naughty Nuri’s, and TGI Fridays. From the 1st to the 25th of December, Tony Fernandes himself will be making some food deliveries!
#KitaJagaKita is a very important movement to support each other during these challenging times. While it’s not always possible to show it through financial means, even just words of encouragement can be uplifting. Let’s all remember that we’re in this together!