Benarkan pengedaran makanan dan keperluan asas oleh NGO (Malay/English)

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Kami, pertubuhan-pertubuhan masyarakat madani dan badan-badan bukan kerajaan (NGO), terkesan dengan pengumuman oleh Menteri Pertahanan Ismail Sabri bahawa NGO-NGO kini tidak dibenarkan mengedar makanan kepada golongan berisiko.

Kami sedar betapa seriusnya situasi yang kini melanda negara, dan kami memberi komitmen sepenuhnya untuk membantu kerajaan untuk bersama-sama melawan koronavirus dan dan menghentikan penyebaran virus ini.

Pada masa yang sama, mungkin wujud kekurangan kesedaran terhadap berapa banyak komuniti dan golongan berisiko yang terkesan akibat perintah kawalan pergerakkan dan menghadapi kesukaran untuk mendapatkan barangan keperluan asas termasuk makanan.

Golongan-golongan yang terkesan termasuk golongan 40% yang terbawah, golongan miskin di bandar dan luar bandar, rakyat yang telah hilang punca pendapatan akibat perintah kawalan pergerakkan, golongan tua, golongan yang tidak boleh keluar rumah, orang sakit, anak yatim, orang asli, pekerja asing, pelarian dan ramai lagi.

Kerajaan agaknya tidak mungkin ada senarai semua golongan berisiko yang memerlukan bantuan pada masa ini atau mampu mengambil alih semua usaha kerja membantu komuniti-komuniti ini dengan segera.

Dasar sentralisasi yang dicadangkan ini dibimbangkan adalah hasil daripada perancangan yang kurang efektif dan pemahaman yang mungkin tidak lengkap berkenaan permasalahan yang dihadapi oleh golongan miskin.

NGO-NGO tidak wujud untuk menggantikan peranan kerajaan atau memburukkan nama baik kerajaan. Konsep #KitaJagaKita bukan berhasrat memberi apa-apa implikasi bahawa kerajaan gagal dalam mana-mana usaha – ianya hanya menekankan bahawa krisis ini cukup parah sehingga semua rakyat Malaysia diharuskan memikul tanggungjawab untuk menjaga kebajikan satu sama lain.

Kami merayu agar kerajaan memberi pelepasan kepada NGO-NGO untuk mengedar makanan, perubatan dan keperluan lain meneruskan usaha mereka secara selamat dan bertanggungjawab, sambil memberi kerjasama sepenuhnya kepada pihak kerajaan dan mematuhi garis panduan kesihatan dan keselamatan yang ditetapkan oleh kerajaan.

Kami yakin NGO-NGO terlibat akan terus mengambil langkah-langkah yang sepatutnya demi menjaga kesihatan dan keselamatan termasuk mengguna pembersih tangan, memastikan penjarakkan sosial, dan mengehadkan nombor pekerja yang terlibat kepada yang diperlukan sahaja.

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Krisis ini menjejaskan kehidupan ramai rakyat Malaysia. Kita semua perlu bekerjasama dalam melaksanakan tanggungjawab sebagai rakyat yang bersatupadu.

English version

Plea to government: Allow NGOs to deliver food, other necessities

We, the undersigned civil society organisations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), view with grave concern the announcement by Defence Minister Ismail Sabri concerning how NGOs will now no longer be allowed to deliver food to vulnerable communities.

We certainly appreciate the gravity of the coronavirus situation and are fully committed to assist the government in every possible way to battle the coronavirus pandemic and stop the spread of the virus.

At the same time, we are concerned that there is a lack of appreciation as to just how many vulnerable communities are affected by the movement control order and are having difficulties accessing basic necessities such as food.

These communities include the bottom 40% of households, the urban and rural poor, Malaysians who have lost their income as a result of the movement control order, the elderly, the house-bound, the sick, orphans, Orang Asli, migrant workers, refugee communities and many, many more.

It is hard to imagine that the government has a complete list of all the vulnerable communities that need assistance and will be able to take over serving all these communities immediately.

The very suggestion of such over-centralisation suggests poor planning and a poor understanding of the plight of the poor.

NGOs do not exist to supersede the work of the government or to put the government in a bad light in any way.

The concept of #KitaJagaKita is not meant to imply any failure on the part of the government – it only emphasises the fact that the crisis is so bad, that all of us have a duty to care for one another.

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We plead with the government to allow all NGOs that have been distributing food, medicine and other aid to be allowed to continue doing so in a way that is safe and responsible, in full cooperation with the government and in accordance with the health and safety guidelines of the government.

We are certain NGOs involved will continue taking every required measure, including the consistent use of hand sanitisers and masks, social distancing and the minimising of the number people involved.

This crisis is putting the lives of many, many vulnerable Malaysians at risk. We all need to come together and do our part, as a united nation.

  1. Agora Society
  2. Aliran
  3. Al-Hasan Volunteer Network
  4. Ammpo-Sentro
  5. Association of Women with Disabilities Malaysia
  6. Asylum Access Malaysia
  7. Bentarakata
  8. Bersih 2.0
  9. Beyond Borders Malaysia
  10. Borneo Komrad
  11. Buku Jalanan Chow Kit
  12. Cahaya Society
  13. Calvary Rainbow Assembly
  14. Caram Asia
  15. Carefugees
  16. Caremart Sdn Bhd
  17. Caring Association Perak
  18. Center for Independent Journalism (CIJ)
  19. Center for Orang Asli Concerns
  20. Challenges Foundation
  21. Childline Foundation
  22. Community Development Centre (CDC)
  23. CRIB Foundation
  24. Crisis Relief Services and Training (Crest)
  25. Dapur Jalanan Kuala Lumpur
  26. Development of Human Resources for Rural Areas (DHRRA)
  27. Dignity for Children Foundation
  28. Eliminating Deaths And Abuse In Custody Together (Edict)
  29. Empower
  30. Engage
  31. Faith Free Market
  32. Faithworks
  33. Family Wellness Club, Ipoh, Perak
  34. Fima Advisory Council
  35. Food Aid Foundation
  36. Foreign Spouses Support Group
  37. Gerak Malaysia
  38. Global Shepherds
  39. Good Shepherd Services
  40. Health Equity Initiatives
  41. Histeam 7979 Network
  42. HPR Hope for Pakistani Refugees
  43. Humanitarian Care Malaysia (MyCare)
  44. Islamic Medical Association Malaysia (Imam)
  45. Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia (JOAS)
  46. Jaringan Rakyat Tertindas (Jerit)
  47. Kajang Pastors Fellowship (KPF) Foodbank
  48. Kechara Soup Kitchen Society
  49. Kelab Rekreasi Pengasuh Malaysia (KRPM)
  50. Kelab Sastera Mahasiswa UMS (Karma)
  51. #KitaJagaKita
  52. Kiwanis Club of Damansara
  53. Kiwanis Club of Tambun
  54. KL and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall
  55. KL Urban Fellowship
  56. Kryss Network
  57. KSI Strategic Institute for Asia Pacific
  58. The Lost Food Project
  59. Majlis Belia Malaysia
  60. Majlis Kebajikan Kanak-Kanak Malaysia (MKKM)
  61. Malaysian Care
  62. Malaysia Christian for Justice
  63. Malaysian CSO SDG Alliance
  64. Malaysian Dravidian Association
  65. Malaysia Hindu Sangam, Perak
  66. Malaysian Social Research Institute (MSRI)
  67. Methodist Crisis Relief and Development (MCRD)
  68. Muhibbah Food Bank Malaysia Society
  69. Muslim Professionals Forum (MPF)
  70. Need to Feed the Need (NFN)
  71. NGOhub
  72. Onward Consulting
  73. Our Journey
  74. Palestinian Refugee Community
  75. Partners of Community Organisations (Pacos Trust)
  76. Pergerakan Tenaga Akademik Malaysia (Gerak)
  77. Pertubuhan Bantuan Teknikal Insaf Malaysia
  78. Persatuan Kebajikan Gemilang, Johor Bahru
  79. Persatuan Kebangsaan Pelajar Islam Malaysia
  80. Persatuan Pendidikan Bajau Laut (Iskul Sama DiLaut Omadal)
  81. Persatuan Pengasuh Berdaftar Malaysia
  82. Persatuan Prihatin Komuniti Johor Bahru
  83. Persatuan Sahabat Wanita (PWS) Selangor
  84. Persatuan WeCareJourney
  85. Pertiwi
  86. Pertubuhan Hope Selangor
  87. Pertubuhan Kebajikan Amal En Xin, Negeri Sembilan
  88. Persatuan Kebajikan Biji Sawi (Mustard Seed Soup Kitchen)
  89. Pertubuhan Pembangunan Kebajikan dan Persekitaran Positif Malaysia (Seed)
  90. Pertubuhan Pembangunan dan Kemajuan Sekolah Tamil Malaysia (PPST)
  91. Pertubuhan Pengurusan Pusat Jagaan 1Malaysia
  92. Pertubuhan Rangkaian Pembangunan Kesinambungan Malaysia (Susden Malaysia)
  93. Pertubuhan Sikh Naujawan Sabha Malaysia
  94. Pertubuhan Solidaritas
  95. Pertubuhan Sukarelawan Harapan Malaysia (Move Malaysia)
  96. Pertubuhan Titian Digital Malaysia (PTDM)
  97. Pertubuhan Wadah Siswazah Islah Malaysia Wasilah
  98. Philandure
  99. Projek57
  100. Projek Wawasan Rakyat (POWR)
  101. The Pit Stop Community Cafe
  102. PT Foundation
  103. Pusat Jagaan Kanak-kanak Epileptik Klang
  104. Pusat Komas
  105. Refuge for the Refugees
  106. Ruang Kongsi
  107. Ruth Education Centre
  108. Salam Relief
  109. The Salvation Army
  110. Samaritan Hope
  111. Sandakan Muslim Volunteers (Must)
  112. Sawo
  113. Soroptimist International Kota Kinabalu
  114. Suaram
  115. Suara Mahasiswa UMS
  116. Tanma Federation
  117. Telugu Association of Malaysia
  118. Tenaganita
  119. Toy Libraries Malaysia
  120. Treat Every Environment Special (TrEES)
  121. World Vision Malaysia
  122. WWF-Malaysia
  123. Yayasan Amal Asas
  124. Yayasan Chow Kit
  125. Yayasan Generasi Gemilang
  126. Yayasan Foodbank Malaysia
  127. Yayasan Kajian dan Pembangunan Masyarakat
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