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Let’s face it, the Movement Control Order is tough on all of us – with the restricted movement, social distancing and so on – it is tough.

Despite the hardship of having to work from home, cook our own meals and be generally limited to our four walls, there are those out there who find life a little bit tougher than most of us during MCO.

Featured in the Malay Mail, Projek Perumahan Rakyat (PPR) folks are finding lives quite hard under MCO despite the government doing all it can to help out.

60-year-old Norayni, who currently lives with her husband Zauniddin Mar Noor, is struggling to buy basic needs as their son’s income (working as a shop attendant) dwindled due to the MCO.

“We don’t have an EPF (Employees’ Provident Fund) account nor a tax filing number. So how are we supposed to get this aid from the government.”

“Right now, we could do with some rice, flour, cooking oil and maybe some vermicelli packets just to sustain ourselves for a few days, but I don’t know if there’ll be any aid forthcoming.”

Currently, Malaysians are allowed to withdraw a maximum of RM500 monthly from their EPF accounts during the outbreak as well as the announcement of cash handouts under the Bantuan Prihatin Nasional (BPN) cash handouts for registered taxpayers.

Another resident of the Kerinchi PPR, Muruga Marimuthi and his wife Sumathy Kaliappan shared a story of being separated from their children for several weeks.

Both of their children are currently in Puchong with their uncle, unable to come back home amidst the spike in the number of cases in the Lembah Pantai area.

Citing similar woes as Norayni, Muruga shared that he lost some of his income due to the MCO.

“I used to supplement our income by renting out audio systems but now there are no more events so that money has dried up.”

His wife, who also used to do odd cleaning jobs are not able to do so due to the fear of people coming into close contact with one another.

Despite the hardship faced by the families living at PPR Kerinchi, a silver lining can be found whereby individuals have stepped up and provided aid to these families.

Among them were Datuk  Gunasegaran and his wife Amartham Ganesan. According to Gunasegaran, “There are people here whose situations are worse than us and we are really hoping and praying that the government can get them aid as soon as possible.”

On a positive note, Gunaseragan also mentions that people at the PPR work together regardless of race or religion.

Under BPN, households earning RM4,000 or less will receive RM1,600 and payments will only be made at the end of April, leaving families in need at least one month before assistance is given.


Teluk Cempedak’s famous costume entertainer is going through challenging times during the Movement Control Order (MCO) as she is unable to make an income.

Siti Endon Ismail famously known for entertaining beach-goers as the crowd’s favourite Hello Kitty (and working hard under the sun just to make ends meet) is left devastated after the beach has been closed amidst MCO.

New Straits Times reported that Siti has suffered a sudden loss of income due to the Covid-19 outbreak and the MCO. The 57-year-old single mother from Kampung Tengah is also well-known for dressing up as Doraemon and Snow White in the popular Teluk Cempedak beach.

“Sadly, due to the virus attack, the beach is closed and now no one is allowed to leave their homes. It has been a nightmare as the school holidays is a golden opportunity for me to earn some extra money,” she said when contacted by NST.

Siti states that she doesn’t ask people for money when she is on the beach. Usually, people who interacts with her gives her any amount that they wish. However, now she is unable to make ends meet because the beach has been closed.

She was also hoping to save up some money by working long hours to buy a new suit and replace her worn-out Doraemon costume.

This hardworking woman spends hours on the beach daily to entertain people so that she can buy food for herself and feed 50 cats which she takes care of at home.

With her limited income, this selfless woman doesn’t only look after herself but she is also willing to care for a big group of cats.

“I used to earn around RM30 a day which is enough to prepare some simple meals for me and take care of the cats,” she said. Siti also receives RM300 monthly from the Pahang Islamic Religious and Malay Customs Council to pay for the rental of her house.

Siti expressed that she really misses going to the beach with her other friends who are also costume entertainers and meeting new people especially the children because interacting with them makes her feel youthful again.

“Will they (Siti’s friends) return to the beach or maybe look for other jobs? I miss those days when I used to walk along the beach and mingle with children. It makes me feel young too,” she stated.

She is hoping really hard that the Covid-19 pandemic would come to an end soon so that she could join her other friends at the beach, meet new people and go back to living her normal live.