“They are not just numbers. Those who have fallen are brothers, sisters, mothers and daughters, fathers, sons, aunts, grandfathers, friends and our dearly beloved ones.”
Since the Covid-19 outbreak in the country, there were more than 22,000 precious lives claimed by the deadly virus. To mourn for those who were being forcefully taken away from us, a group of Malaysians have created a memorial website, called “Covid-19 Memorial Malaysia”.
Meanwhile, the website is set of launch officially on the Malaysia Day (16 September).
“We choose Sept 16 as today is the day we come together as Malaysians. It shows we are in this together — for the good times, and each time we lose a loved one in this pandemic.” the group said in a statement.
According to the website, the Covid-19 Memorial Malaysia website is a not-for-profit volunteer-run online memorial, for the sole purpose of remembering those who have lost their battles to Covid-19 in the country.
It serves as the “Tugu Negara” or the National Monument for Covid-19, which is dedicated to remembering the 22,000 people who died after being infected by the virus, since the Covid-19 virus hits the Malaysian shores on 24 January 2020.
Nonetheless, the website is available in 3 languages, including English, Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese and it currently has 349 individuals being uploaded to the website in memorial for their fight with Covid-19.
This is to remember them, their names, their faces, their lives.
“Information published here is collated from the public domain (through news articles and public social media posts), and through submissions and testimonials from the public.” they said.
According to Sin Chew, the group had posted on Facebook a few days ago, where they started discussing about the website back in 10 August, where the total number of Covid-19 deaths exceeded 10,000. Since then, they have collected information of the deceased through social media.
The team also created online forms for family members of the deceased who want to create a public memorial for their loved ones. They can fill in the form or send the information to them at [email protected]
The website also provide resources for people who were seeking for assistance, where they provide the contact information for several associations and groups that provide all kinds of support, including mental ones.
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