The Movement Control Order (MCO) enters its final 10 days in Malaysia, and there are still many who need assistance due to the restrictions placed. The Covid-19 scare has plunged many lives into disarray. Thankfully, there are people who have stepped forward to help the needy. We’ve compiled a list of 8 ways for you to contribute.

COVID-19 Grocery Aid

The brainchild of entrepreneur Inbaraj Suppiah, the Covid-19 Grocery Aid aims to raise funds to prepare 100 Grocery Aid packs worth RM100 each to be distributed to selected families who are in serious need.

Inbaraj’s team has joined forces with MyGroser.com to handle the supply and delivery. This is an initiative by a group of Malaysian professionals and entrepreneurs living in Taman Desa, connected mainly through startup events. The team noted that within their own neighbourhood, there are families affected by the MCO, deprived of the basic groceries.

Click here if you’d like to contribute to the Covid-19 Grocery Aid.

Feed a B40 Family

Little Helpers, along with Monash Malaysia Business Alumni Chapter have set out to donate grocery supplies to families who are unable to earn during the MCO.

If you know someone who could use their help, fill up this form.

Institut Onn Jaafar

Journalist Charles Mohan’s NGO, Institut Onn Jaafar have been providing food for the homeless and refugees in the heart of the nation’s capital since their inception back in 2014.

The MCO hasn’t stopped their Jom Breakfast sessions that provide food to those housed in the Pusat Transit Gelandangan KL.

Check them out on their website here.

Love Your Neighbor Penang

Originally a Facebook group, this group is run by Penangites for Penangites, allowing those interested to help financially or volunteer their service by picking up or delivering groceries to the needy, such as odd job workers, the elderly, orang kurang upaya (OKU) community, and minimum wage workers.

Check them out here.

We are Kita Bantu Kita

This drive, organised by Mrs World Malaysia Priya Simmi, has identified 500 underprivileged families to help during this difficult period.

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Amidst this crisis, I truly feel content and proud of our fellow Malaysians who never fail to express their kindness and generosity, even during this difficult period. This campaign is beyond successful, as the collection has reached over RM100,000.00 A heartfelt thanks to all of you who contributed to the success of this noble cause! Let’s keep spreading love and care, it is what the world needs more of now ♥ Please check out @kitafund or my charity page @saiwelfare for more disbursement pictures. #sumbangan #priyaasimmi #mrsmalaysiaworld20192020👑 #officialmrsmalaysiaworld20192020 #donation #charity #malaysia #thesecretoflivingisgiving #sedekahonline #sedekahharian #sedekahtahfiz #sedekaholics #sedekahjariah #infaqsedekah #syukur #sahamakhirat #powerofsedekah #projekbahtera #gooddeeds #socialgood #giving #sedekahjumaat #blessed #generous #tabungabadi #sedekahmasjid #bantuan #bantuankemanusiaan

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They have joined forces with 3 NGOs, Global Peace Mission Malaysia (Klang Valley) Bukan Kerna Nama (Terengganu) Volunteer I-Care (Kelantan) and Projek Amal by AZ Runner (Melaka & Negri Sembilan) to ensure that aid reaches those in need.

Check them out here.

Masala Wheels

This food & beverage social enterprise is not new to helping those in need. With the Covid-19 pandemic, however, they have gone above and beyond their call of duty to provide meals to the needy, including students who are stranded in their hostel accomodation. They also provide meals to the medical frontliners, welfare homes, refugees and the homeless.

The Petaling Jaya based restaurant has since delivered 4039 meals in the last week alone.

To contribute to Masala Wheels’ cause, click here.

Mercy Malaysia

Mercy Malaysia plans to import 20 ventilators for selected government hospitals across the country. This organisation has traversed the world in aid of the many who need humanitarian aid.

In the last two decades, Mercy Malaysia has provided humanitarian assistance and programmes in 32 countries, in crisis and non-crisis situations. The organisation has also evolved into a full-fledged humanitarian organisation offering the full spectrum of humanitarian services, from emergency response to rehabilitation and recovery, mitigation and prevention, and disaster preparedness.

If you’d like to donate to their cause, click here.

Refuge For The Refugees

This NGO aims to support the livelihood of refugees in Malaysia who have also been similarly affected by the MCO (those who have lost jobs, lost an income to bring home food, etc.) by raising at least RM30,000 to support 500 refugee families.

According to their Facebook page, a donation of RM60 would be able to support one family/week. Refuge For The Refugees is joined by several other NGOs to raise the amount, namely Tenaganita, Dapur Jalanan Kuala Lumpur as well as Liga Rakyat Demokratik.

Look them up on Facebook here.

Apart from these, are many donation drives out there looking to help the needy in Malaysia. While it is important to lend a hand if you are able to, it is equally critical to do your due diligence before contributing financially, particularly if it involves transferring funds into an individual’s bank account.

Having said that, if it is an organisation or individual you trust, the best thing to do would be to give. There’s no amount that’s too small!