CYBERJAYA, June 7 — The costly e-hailing fare of up to RM50 for the return trip from Cyberjaya to Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) vaccination centre (PPV) in Bangi, has spurred an expectant mother to provide free rides to help those who are financially tight in keeping up with their appointments.
The six-month pregnant woman, who only wants to be known as Rabiatul and who had been promoting her charity work through ‘Cyberjaya Residents’ community Facebook page since end May, said priority is given to students and single mothers without a car.
“I gave a ride to a single mother on June 1 and waited at the PPV until her vaccination process was over. Helping others in need gives me a sense of satisfaction and happiness,” said Rabiatul who has received several requests for her service.
“Each time I make this inter-district travel I will get a police permit. For passengers, they only need to show their appointment date on MySejahtera application at the roadblock,” she told Bernama when contacted.
She said the UKM PPV has been chosen because it is nearby Cyberjaya and the short travel time is not burdensome for her.
Rabiatul said she adheres strictly to the standard operating procedures (SOP) including seeing that her passengers are in the rear seats.
Inspired by Rabiatul’s noble deed, Gilmore House Therapy managing director Nazree Hisyam Md Nasir took the initiative to collaborate with Pelangi Mediviron Clinic in Semenyih to book two-way trip Grab services for those who need to get to their PPV destination.
“I heard from a friend working at a PPV, of the poor attendance which had indirectly contributed to vaccine wastage. As such our efforts is to help expedite the COVID-19 vaccination process,” he said.
According to Nazree Hisyam the service is especially for the elderly and those with immobility-related problems.
“Our service is not limited to just one PPV but the service which is strictly for vaccination purposes can be anywhere within Cyberjaya area he said, adding that 50 Grab service slots have been allocated and this would be increased according to residents’ demand.
“Those requiring the transport service will need to apply three days prior to their vaccination date and application can be made through Gilmore Kids Therapy Facebook. Applicants will need to show a screenshot of the MySejahtera appointment date and we will make the necessary arrangements,” he said while hoping that others too would do their part in helping those in need.