THE existence of more food banks and Malaysians putting up white flags to ask for aid are not signs of a failed state but a lack of government effort and coordination to ensure help reaches the needy during the Covid-19 crisis, sociologist Prof Dr Sharifah Munirah Alatas said.
“Times are bad. People are cooped up at home, unable to work, and their savings are running out. The reality is these may be the people who resort to flying the white flag, asking neighbours for help. These people feel no shame because they are appealing to kind souls for help. And Malaysians have assured them that they can ask for help,” she said.