His house became a distribution centre. To uphold the Covid Standard Operating Procedures, Rofique had to organise the distribution carefully. “I called each household to come to collect the food, with a gap of five minutes between each distribution. We were really afraid of Covid. The Government warned us that we couldn’t have a crowd. There were police officers around the area, and we didn’t want our neighbours reporting us if we met in a big group.”
A representative from each family came to collect the food – they wore masks. A bottle of liquid sanitiser was placed at the entrance for them to use. Food portions comprising rice, oil, onions, garlic, and specific items like baby formula, were prepared before they came. With social distancing observed, the households collected their rations. Rofique snapped a photo of each collection for the NGO to tally on their list.
After this first round of food distribution, Rofique became instrumental in liaising with other aid providers as the lockdown went through several extensions. All in all, Rofique helped over 200 families. “I also provided food to a few Malaysian families around me when they asked me for help. I checked with the NGO if it was okay, and then I gave the food to them. They said, ‘thank you’ to me.”