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Seniman and Profima have made the effort to distribute daily necessities to its members whose jobs have been affected during these challenging times. (Picture courtesy of Seniman)
Seniman and Profima have made the effort to distribute daily necessities to its members whose jobs have been affected during these challenging times. (Picture courtesy of Seniman)

KUALA LUMPUR: Local artiste associations have made the effort to help fellow arts practitioners affected by the Movement Control Order (MCO).

Persatuan Seniman Malaysia (Seniman), via its Bantuan Inisiatif aid programme, has distributed daily essentials to its members who have been affected by a sudden loss of income during the MCO period.

Seniman president Zed Zaidi said that his association has collaborated with Persatuan Pekerja Profesional Filem Malaysia (Profima) for the charitable programme.

“Under this charity initiative, we purchased daily essentials for our members. The items distributed included rice, sugar, cooking oil, flour and many others," he said in a news report yesterday.

Zed, whose real name is Rozaidi Jamil, explained that many of the members were struggling with a sudden loss of income as all filming and production work had been stopped due to the MCO.

"Ever since it was enforced, their livelihoods have been affected. I have received many calls from members lamenting on their unfortunate predicament."

"So with the funds that we have, includng donations from individuals and fellow artistes, as well as money from the very pockets of the Seniman committee, we are trying our very best to help those in need," he said.  

Zed added that the programme saw them distributing the much-needed goods yesterday and today.

Social distancing was also practised during the event by utilising the drive by method to avoid prolonged physical contact and large gatherings.

Members had to display their membership cards in order to receive the packages.

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