Volunteers do their part during pandemic

The ‘Yadim Peduli Program: Musa'adah Covid-19’ involves the distribution of aid to those affected by the pandemic.

KUCHING: Volunteers from Yayasan Dakwah Islamiah Malaysia (Yadim) here took part in a ‘Kembara Cuci-Cuci Musolla’ programme.

Conducted every week, volunteers would go from one Petronas fuel station to another to clean and sanitise its musolla (prayer room).

Yadim assistant officer (operations) Zamri Bali said the volunteers would clean and sanitise the men and women’s prayer rooms as well as toilets.

“Sarawak Yadim has taken this initiative as a measure to curb the spread of Covid-19,” he said.

Sarawak Yadim also donated items such as prayer rugs, telekung (prayer veil), adhesive cloth and religious posters to be placed in the musolla for the convenience of Muslim travellers.

Zamri said another volunteer programme was also launched, which is the ‘Yadim Peduli Program: Musa’adah Covid-19’.

“This will benefit 2,789 people through 121 programmes throughout Sarawak as of Jan 18.

“The programmes are expected to ease some of the burden of those affected by the pandemic,” he said.

Quarantine centres and airports also saw the presence of many volunteers as frontline staff.

Kennison John, 23, is one of the volunteers from the Sarawak Civil Defence Force (APM). He has been on duty since the beginning of the movement control order, which was implemented last year.

He was stationed at the quarantine centre until the end of 2020 and now posted at Kuching International Airport.

“Tiredness is not a barrier as long as we do our job sincerely, we will continue to be enthusiastic,” he said.

Various aid initiatives were implemented such as People Caring Assistance, i-Sinar and the ‘Perlindungan Ekonomi dan Rakyat Malaysia’ package since the pandemic began.

The government introduced the RM15 billion Permai package comprising 22 initiatives to combat the pandemic, preserve the welfare of the people, and support the business community.