Gigging and the politics of ignorance

Azmyl Yunor

Eighteen months or so into this pandemic, there’s no end in sight to the lockdown on live arts. Some have shut down, others are struggling to stay afloat. – Pic courtesy of Penangpac, July 23, 2021.

THE “gig economy” is a ubiquitous term bandied about in the past couple of years and even more so now in the midst of the pandemic.

To the average person, jobs categorised under this umbrella term may include the most ubiquitous we see on our roads now: front-liner delivery riders, our two-wheeled (some on foot and in cars too) who deliver hot meals, goods and whatnot come rain or shine, the two most visible ones being the green GrabFood and pink Foodpanda.

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