Over the past month, more people have been losing their jobs, homes and lives as we brace through a questionable future due to the pandemic.
Recently, a story of a father and son collecting scrap cardboards in rubbish dumps caught the attention of netizens.
Entrepreneur Mohamad Firdaus Fazil shared his encounter with the father and son last week on his Facebook as he saw them scavenging for boxes around 8pm at Taman Suria in Jitra, Kedah.
He revealed that the two searched for anything that was recyclable to be sold to recycling centres.
“I asked the man if he had eaten yet, and he said yes. He told me he was searching for boxes he could sell the next day.
“I asked him how many children he has, he answered five. I tried offering him money but he turned me down,” wrote Firdaus.
Firdaus continued to explain in his post that after a little convincing, the man finally accepted Firdaus’s money though he was initially reluctant.
He told the man to buy essentials for his children so he could feed them.
“Maybe he’s working so hard because he’s on an empty stomach. Who knows?
“We might have food on our plates but during the movement control order (MCO), we should remember there are people out there who are living on a day to day wage,” said Firdaus.
Firdaus told Malay Mail that he shared the story to encourage Malaysians to help those who are struggling to put food on table during this pandemic.
“Let’s take the weight off their shoulders and help, whether it’s in the form of food or money so that people can get on with their lives.
“We are one Malaysia and we should be united in helping those in need regardless of race and religion,” he said.