“We’re here to help those who have fallen through the cracks”

WILLIAM CHEAH & YILYN CHAN – Malaysians – Founders of Kembara Kitchen (Interviewed in 2017)

WHENEVER THERE IS A DISASTER, KEMBARA Kitchen is usually there to serve. In the big flood in Penang in 2017, Kembara Kitchen were there with their mobile kitchen to ensure people were fed. They were also in Kuala Besut, Terengganu earlier this year during the flood; numerous times.

The Kembara Kitchen has been providing food at disaster hit area throughout the country since 2011. Locally, they also help underprivileged groups. The other aspect of Kembara Kitchen is that they are event caterers.

“Many people often tell me it’s not my job to help others. That it’s the job of the authorities to do so. That we have systems in place to handle this. That’s true. And we’re not here to help those who are eligible and already receiving help. We’re here to help those who have fallen through the cracks. Because no system is perfect. And sometimes systems and bureaucracy fail the few people who need help the most. This is a fact and happens everywhere. This is also the time when being human becomes important. Is that wrong?” asks William in a Facebook posting.

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