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The good folks over at MalaysiaKini have been doing something proactive in light of the pandemic and immigration situation in the country.
Recently they’ve launched the Covid-19 tracker and it’s available in Bengali, Nepali and Burmese for foreign nationals to keep track with the latest updates on the pandemic.
Aidila Razak, a reporter from MalaysiaKini said that the publication had the idea to include those languages into the tracker initially but had to delay it because of time and monetary restrictions.
For the past 2 months I’ve been working to secure some funding fo work w translators to translate our Covid-19 tracker page to Bengali, Nepali and Burmese.https://t.co/ASDrml6yxMhttps://t.co/Ilp8P9oyijhttps://t.co/xgSHOF3glU— Aidila Razak (@aidilarazak) July 15, 2020
After receiving some funding, now the news publication’s Covid-19 page can display information in these three languages.
She said they’ve received the funding from Deutsche Welle Akademie – a German based organisation which supports the development of independent, transparent media systems, quality journalism and media expertise.
According to the numbers by Statista, as of 2019, there are around 3.4 million workers in Malaysia.
In terms of the breakdown, the statistics show that as of 2017, Indonesian workers make up around 700,000 people – which is also the largest contributor.
This is followed by the Nepali at 388,000 and Bangladeshis at 271,000 while the Burmese make up around 114,000 of the total number of foreign workers.
Along with the series of tweets, Aidila mentioned that it was for the purpose of helping these migrants to have a better understanding of the Covid-19 situation in the country becuase it’s vital that they know what’s going on.
We’re here trying to help out our fellow media friends and you can do so too by spreading the information.
You can view the Covid-19 tracker here.
Ps: Migrant communities are obviously not Malaysiakini’s traditional audience so we need all the help we can get disseminating these pages to the relevant groups.— Aidila Razak (@aidilarazak) July 15, 2020
If you work w Bengali, Burmese and Nepali communities in Malaysia, please help us share the links 🙂
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