KUCHING: A social activist in Sarawak supports the white flag campaign which aims to assist individuals in need during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Voon Shiak Ni stated that the campaign initiated by the public in social media which also gain the support by the Federal Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin as this was a wonderful idea to assist those in needs.
“It is a very thoughtful campaign with the goal of identifying families in need of assistance, whether it is in the form of food handouts or being a friend to anyone who is suffering from emotional stress,” she said.
“We are also alarmed by the increase in the number of suicides. Since last year, 336 suicide cases have been reported and quoting from the Befrienders Kuala Lumpur helpline, the calls from people who needed emotional support from March to May this year has shot up to 412 cases, a 50 percent increase,” Voon added in a statement.
“We hope that by initiating this campaign, Malaysians will be able to show to the rest of the world that we are a loving country,” she added.
Voon also encouraged the public and political parties to help individuals in need during this pandemic regardless of faith and political affiliation.
“The public, particularly community leaders and activists, are encouraged to help in any manner they can if they see houses with a white flag in front.”
“This campaign goes beyond politics and we invite everyone to engage regardless of political party allegiance,” she said.
“Let us all be aware of the white flag campaign and do everything in our power to assist those families in need.”