PETALING JAYA: With the #benderaputih initiative getting tremendous traction from the public on social media, celebrities have also expressed their support for the movement which aims to help those pushed to the brink by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The #benderaputih (white flag) movement, which has been making its rounds on social media since Monday (June 28), aims to help those in dire need of food and essentials.
Many Malaysians have also supported the movement and pledged to help as much as they can for those in need.
Actress Izara Aishah Hisham was among the earliest to express support for the movement when she tweeted on Monday (June 28) urging those who need food to reach out by waving the white flag.
“I advise those who are in need, who do not have food, to wave a white flag outside your house. Let the people around you help and give what they can.
“Don’t take actions that are detrimental to yourself and your family. Avoid stress, share your problems with other people,” she said, adding that they should not feel embarrassed to wave the flag as a symbol of seeking help.
Her tweet has since recorded over 14,000 retweets and 9,000 likes.
Actress, singer and emcee Adibah Noor Mohamed Omar has also sent her prayers for those who started the beneficial movement.
“Who started this white flag idea? May Allah bestow much more inspiration for them, those which will benefit others.
“We have each other,” she said in a tweet Tuesday morning, which has now garnered over 7,000 retweets and 13,500 likes.
The movement suggests that those who need assistance fly a white flag or cloth outside their homes, which would let those who are able to help know which households could be facing extreme difficulties.
Young cook and baker Danish Harraz also shared a poster to support the #benderaputih movement and urged those needing assistance to reach out.
“Wave your (white) flag outside your homes if you need help to survive during this lockdown period, especially to those affected and in dire need. Don’t be embarrassed, we will help each other,” he said.
Author Muhammad Rushydi on Facebook said the white flag is not a sign of giving up but for the community around them to know there are those nearby who are in need of dire help.
“The white flag is raised because there are small children who are crying in hunger, elderly people who are sick and need help, water and electric supply being cut in households that cannot pay their bills since the lockdown and people running out of food supply.
Rushydi said although the flag is white, it actually represents a code blue signal for the household.
“The nearest neighbors need to come forward and ask. The authorities need to come down immediately.
“Share what you have as a sign we love our brothers. Help them. No matter who they are, what race or religion. Be a human being with compassion,” he said.
Actor Sharnaaz Basir Ahmad had also left a contact number for the public who wanted to offer help or forward information regarding those in need.
“Anyone seeing a white flag, you can send a WhatsApp message to 011-2899 5617, there aren’t many, about 100 packs for now, sincerely from the Mamu Legacy team and Sharnaaz Ahmad TV.
“Those who want to donate, you can also send a WhatsApp message to the number,” he said in a tweet yesterday, which has now registered over 20,000 retweets.
Original posted at www.thestar.com.my