Malaysians Join Hands To Create Covid-19 Memorial Website To Remember The 22K Lives Lost
As Malaysia recorded 346 Covid-19 deaths yesterday, bringing our total death toll to 22,355, it's important for us to remember that this number is more than just a statistic, it represents a person, a loved one, a life lost. Which is why a group of Malaysians have take it upon themselves to build a Covid-19 memorial website to commemorate the lives and stories of Covid-19 victims in Malaysia.
The initiative started back in August when journalist Aidila Razak reached out to collaborators to work on a project to remember the 10,000 lives lost to Covid-19 in Malaysia at that point in time.
It took a month, with the help from various volunteers specialising in web design, graphic design, data and content management, and more, before the Covid-19 Memorial Malaysia website was finally launched on Malaysia Day.
"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," said the team on Twitter.
The team added that the 19th of each month was chosen as the day of remembrance, where they will share a story from the memorial site on their social media platforms. Malaysians are also urged to join the movement by sharing stories of their loved ones lost, using the hashtag #c19memorialmy and tagging the team via @c19memorialmy on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, on the 19th of each month.