In the last quarter of a century, Southeast Asia – including Malaysia – has seen its share of challenges and crises, with the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis and the 2008 Global Financial Crisis being some of the most distressing and life-changing events to ever sweep our region. But they seem to pale in comparison when likened with the spread and impact of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Millions of people are working from home, thousands of our community members are infected with the virus, our children are adjusting to home-based learning, and once customary gatherings and personal interactions are no longer considered safe. To put simply, our lives have been turned upside down by COVID-19.
The rapidly evolving pandemic has also caused many people to be displaced from their homes – they may be frontline workers struggling with long daily commute or facing discrimination especially if they are renters, foreign workers impacted by cross-border lockdowns or tourists who are unable to return to their home countries due to travel bans, just to name a few.
This coupled with factors like job losses, social distancing and unfortunate biases have triggered homelessness in the short-term for many in Malaysia and across the region, and various people have reached out to us to lend a hand.
Because, at PropertyGuru, we believe that every person – no matter what their circumstance – should have a place to call home, we are canvassing support from kind-hearted individuals and organisations to help our fellowmen and women in need, across the region.
If you are able to #LendASpace in Malaysia, please reach out to us here.
If you, or someone you know, #NeedASpace to stay in temporarily in Malaysia, please reach out to us here.