Malaysians have once again demonstrated their strong sense of community and support for one another in the face of adversity.
The recent incident at the Good Vibes Festival (GVF), which led to its cancellation and the blacklisting of the band The 1975, not only disappointed fans but also had a significant impact on the local vendors who had set up stalls at the event.
These vendors, all local businesses, were left in a challenging situation, having invested time, effort, and money to participate in the festival, which was expected to bring in a large number of customers. With the festival's abrupt end, they faced the risk of losses and uncertainty about how they would recover from this setback.
One of the vendors, myBurgerLab, took a proactive approach to support its fellow vendors. In an Instagram post, they highlighted the plight of the affected vendors and called on Malaysians to extend their support. They reminded the audience that the cancellation of GVF had far-reaching consequences, not just for the organizers, sponsors, and attendees but also for the small businesses involved.
While packing up their stalls under the scorching afternoon heat, the vendors realized the collective impact of this situation. However, instead of dwelling on their losses, they chose to find ways to reduce wastage and cut their losses. They urged the public to reach out to the GVF vendors on social media to offer any assistance or words of encouragement.
The response from Malaysians was heartwarming. Many people praised myBurgerLab's initiative and pledged to support the affected vendors in any future events they participate in. Some even expressed the desire to turn the cancelled GVF into a food festival to support these vendors specifically.
The support didn't stop at social media. The post gained traction on Twitter and caught the attention of the Communications and Digital Minister Fahmi Fadzil, who assured that his team was in contact with the vendors to explore additional ways to assist them during this challenging time.
This heartening display of unity and support showcases the spirit of Malaysians looking out for one another, especially in times of difficulty. When local businesses faced adversity due to the festival's cancellation, the community came together to uplift and help them recover.
The incident at GVF serves as a reminder that Malaysians truly have each other's back, standing together as a strong and caring community.