COVID-19: Indonesian in Malaysia donating food to workers everyday

COVID-19: Indonesian in Malaysia donating food to workers everyday

Fifi with two volunteers from the Muhammadiyah-Malaysia Chapter's COVID-19 Social Program. (ANTARA Foto/Ho-Muntamakin)

The menu is always changing. Whatever I serve to my family, that's what I serve in the lunch boxes
Kuala Lumpur (ANTARA) - An Indonesian housewife residing in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, has been distributing 25 lunch boxes to Indonesian migrant workers affected by the coronavirus pandemic in the city everyday since April 1, 2020.

Fifi said on Wednesday she has won her husband’s support for the food-sharing program and she plans to help migrant workers and volunteers during the imposition of the Malaysian Government's nationwide movement control order (MCO) policy.

"We are delivering 25 lunch boxes to volunteers (for COVID-19 social activism programs) or Indonesian migrant workers, appointed by the Indonesian National Youth Committee (KNPI)," said Fifi, a resident of the Subang Jaya neighborhood.

Fifi moved from Batam City, Riau Islands Province, to Malaysia in July, 2019 to accompany her husband, who is employed with an oil and gas company. She said she decided to prepare more food for lunch so she and her family could share it with others.

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"The menu is always changing. Whatever I serve to my family, that's what I serve in the lunch boxes," she said, adding that the food for the lunch boxes is prepared by her Muslim domestic worker who has worked for her family for almost seven years.

The new coronavirus disease initially struck the Chinese city of Wuhan at the end of 2019. Since then, it has spread to Indonesia, Malaysia, and at least 200 other countries and territories, causing a massive number of deaths.

This has prompted the World Health Organization to declare it a global pandemic. Public health and economy in many countries have taken a major hit on account of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of endeavors to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country, the Malaysian Government has implemented an MCO until April 14.

According to the Indonesian Foreign Ministry, as of April 6, around 44,650 Indonesians have returned to the homeland from Malaysia, while several of the 1.2 million Indonesians are still residing in the neighboring country.

According to Worldometer.info, as of Wednesday at 7 p.m. Western Indonesia Time (WIB), Malaysia has recorded 4,119 COVID-19 cases and 65 deaths, while 1,487 patients have reportedly recovered from the infection in the country. 

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