MUHAMMADIYAH.ID, KUALA LUMPUR – Government of Malaysia issued a nation-wide “total lockdown” due to the surge in COVID-19 cases.
The policy brought impacts on lower- and middle-income people, including Indonesian migrant workers in Malaysia.
“Muhammadiyah Special Branch of Malaysia got a call, and we’re told there were Indonesians in Cheras who couldn’t afford food. Then, we helped them. We gave them groceries,” said Head of the Council for Social Services and People’s Welfare (MPSKU) of the Muhammadiyah Special Branch of Malaysia Khoirudin on Wednesday (2/6).
“They’re a family, a couple with a child. They no longer work. They firstly would use the money to back to Indonesia, but the registration for recalibration was closed because of the lockdown. While waiting for the registration to open, they ran out of money,” told Khoirudin.
Besides providing the groceries, the MPSKU gave diapers for the baby.
“It’s our initiative. We won’t wait for a command of other organizations to help them. That’s what Muhammadiyah is for,” he stated.
The Muhammadiyah Special Branch of Malaysia has thought about the Indonesian migrant workers due to the lockdown.
The branch also conducted social services to help lockdown-affected Indonesians in Malaysia last year.
Deputy Chairman of the Muhammadiyah Special Branch of Malaysia Ali Imron suggested the MPSKU and Lazismu, the Muhammadiyah Zakah Management Body to open donation and give it to the needy.
Besides, Presidium of Indonesian Community Organization Alliance (AOMI) of Malaysia Hardjito Warno recommended the Muhammadiyah Special Branch to be a coordinator of donation distribution in Chow Kit.