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MCO forcing B40 to stretch the ringgit

27 Mar 2020 / 11:05 H.

PETALING JAYA: More families in the B40 group are feeling the strain of losing their income due to the movement control order (MCO).

A widow with three school-going children has been living off her late husband’s self-employment Social Security Scheme (Socso) money of less than RM1,000 monthly.

Norliza, 46, managed to stay afloat by doing odd jobs. However, she has lost that extra source of income due to the MCO.

“Nobody is sending me clothes to sew now,” said the Kampung Pandan Dalam resident “My husband’s Socso money is not enough.

“I considered myself as an urban poor and even though people may look at me as if I am doing alright, those who are close to me would know my current situation.

“My sons are under the supplementary food programme but ever since the schools are closed, they miss out on that. This is an extra burden for an already struggling family like mine.”

Despite being on the list of E-kasih, which is the national poverty database system, she said Zakat Distribution Fund in Selangor had dismissed her application for aid.

“I applied for Zakat right after I lost my husband in 2014 but was rejected twice.”

She is grateful to E-Kasih for the sewing machine, but regrets that she is unable to put it to good use for now. She hopes that NGOs would seek out families like hers to render aid.

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