More food banks, needy not signs of failed state, sociologists say

Alfian Z.M. Tahir

The white flag movement has helped desperate people who have lost their income and used up their savings in the prolonged lockdown. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, July 18, 2021.

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.

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  • The State has failed of help is limited to who you are and who you know. Help should be institutionalized and not subject to the whimsical politicians who like to be seen handing out taxpayers money to selectively chosen people as if it were charity donated from their own wealth. The state has failed if children born to unmarried parents or women abroad are stateless. The state has failed if girls under 18 are allowed to marry. There are many more instances, without even mentioning the trials for corruption that drag on and on.

    Posted 6 months ago by Malaysia New hope

  • the govt is failing, not the state

    Posted 6 months ago by Lan Lan