Netizens proposed that customers help out by paying it pay it forward.
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When Malaysia shut down at the start of the COVID outbreak in 2020, hundreds of charities, civic groups and political parties gave out food, cash, masks and sanitiser to those who had lost their jobs.
But coronavirus fatigue has taken its toll and people have become less able to finance the goodwill even though the pandemic is clearing up.
After all, how many random acts of kindness can one perform in one month?
And yet, a handful of charities is on the streets, many of them unsung.
A hawker in Kafe N24 Streetcafe UTM, Skudai are feeding university students left destitute by the pandemic.
The hawker, an elderly woman, posted a note telling students to just eat there if they have been hungry or does not have enough to buy food.
Baik betul akak ni. Semoga dimurahkan rezeki selalu. pic.twitter.com/IJu0eY7PCu— لوك (@Hfnz9) May 30, 2022
The Good Samaritan
Netizens express admiration and gratitude at the hawker for her generosity.
They said many people would have gone hungry if the hawker wasn’t there.
They also praised her for selling food at affordable prices.
At the same time, netizens concurred that the Covid crisis is fuelling food price rises and affecting many especially the nation’s poorest.
Many people have less money in their pockets to buy food, while market and supply had been disrupted due to movement restrictions.
The result is shortages and higher prices, especially for perishable food.
SANGAT YAKIN masalah harga daging melonjak ini TIDAK akan selesai hingga habis raya korban.— Abbas Azmi (@AbbasBinAzmi) May 31, 2022
Minyak masak ⬆️
Dh mcm ni pon rakyat masih okay & sabar lagi dgn UMNO/BN? pic.twitter.com/n8UfDiRLxq
At the same time, some proposed the idea of pay it forward at the hawker stall as an opportunity for others to help someone.
Pay it forward is an expression for describing the beneficiary of a good deed repaying the kindness to others instead of to the original benefactor.
Spendthrift Or Tightwad?
A spendthrift is someone who is extravagant and recklessly wasteful with money, often to a point where the spending climbs well beyond his or her means.
Some netizens said the students themselves need to be responsible with their finances and not to blow it all on clothing, apparel and gadgets.
Critics have blamed students for not managing their loan throughout the semester, especially when they had been given loans such as the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN).
Aku tak blame lah semua pelajar, tapi ada ja pelajar guna macam-macam alasan.— . (@DaziaLufiasRun) March 30, 2022
Duit tiada, padahal PTPTN bagi punya la banyak, zakat punya la banyak dapat.
Tapi bila makan, pergh, mewah2 mat.
Laptop tarak, fon canggih mat.
Moto canggih mat, laptop tarak.
Keperluan asas penting. https://t.co/5vtmvT3GNb