We all have experienced how the Pandemic #Covid19 has affected our daily lives, livelihood and the impact it has on the community at large.
There are various regulations and SOPs put up by the Authorities such as Movement Control Order (MCO), Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO).
We, as the general public have to play our part as well to curb the spread but a year has passed but still the virus is determined to spread its wings to all corners of Malaysia.
Why is this so and are we doing enough on our part?
Senior Minister (Cluster Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah and others too will not have the answers but they have reminded us all (general public) of the imminent dangers if it continues.
Has this fallen to deaf ears?
Have the General Public given up and taken the high road”Tidak apa Attitude“
Constantly, we as human beings needs to be reminded and for that the authorities on their part have not failed us.
We do need to look back at the earlier SOPs too especially on sanitization of business premises, compliance on sitting arrangements, queuing up plus of course #socialdistancing (see article attached)
If and when we do practice what is being preached Covid19 will continue to enjoy the FREEDOM to REINVENT/REENGINEER/REEVOLVE and MULTIPLY.
WHY? Simple answer, we have the lackadaisical attitude.
So,fellow Malaysians lets all buck up and unite to fight against COVID19.
Other countries have managed to stop the pandemic and we don’t see why not us too.
MALAYSIA BOLEH BUKAN MALAYSIA TIDAK APA ATTITUDE
(Extracted from an online portal with thanks)
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 24 — Tomorrow marks a year since the Covid-19 pandemic hit the country with the first case involving three Chinese nationals who entered Malaysia via Johor from Singapore on January 20, 2020.
During the first wave, the majority of Covid-19 cases were imported and did not involve Malaysians, while the infection during the second wave involved local transmissions with the first case reported on February 4, 2020.
It was during the second wave that the government imposed the movement control order (MCO), beginning March 18 with strict standard operating procedures (SOP) and a few months later, when the infection showed a declining trend, the government loosened the SOP slightly with the introduction of the conditional MCO (CMCO) from May 4 May, followed by the recovery MCO (RMCO) on June 10.
However, due to complacency, the virus has returned with a vengeance for the third wave and the government had to re-enforce the RMCO in most states beginning last October, and when the number of cases kept increasing, the government had to re-enforce the MCO, starting with six states and subsequently, nationwide, except Sarawak.
As of yesterday (January 23), the cumulative number of cases reported was 180,455, with 42,769 active cases, meaning the country is expected to continue to record high daily figures.
A total of 667 deaths due to Covid-19 has been recorded so far.
One thing that should be acknowledged is that the government has implemented various initiatives, advocacy and regulations in the country on the advice of the Health Ministry (MOH), whereby during this period, Malaysians are informed almost every day on the latest developments pertaining to the Covid-19 infection, especially by Senior Minister (Cluster Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
It has been a year, but issues on Covid-19 pose a main challenge to the country, not only in terms of health, but its impact on the economy.
Recently, during an exclusive interview with Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) journalist Thivyamalini Ramalu at his office, Ismail Sabri, as the minister responsible for the issue on addressing Covid-19 from non-health aspects, shared his views and experiences on the challenge of managing the pandemic, especially on the implementation of the prescribed SOP during the MCO, CMCO and RMCO period.
Following is the transcript of the interview:
Bernama: The Covid-19 epidemic has hit Malaysia for a year. Since March last year, the government has implemented the MCO, followed by the CMCO and RMCO. Initially, the effort seemed successful in reducing the number of cases, but it became critical to an extent that MCO was enforced again. What caused the increase in infection?
Ismail Sabri: At that time (March 2020), the people were very scared of Covid-19. When the government said ‘stay at home, do not go out’, almost all citizens obeyed and violation of the standard operating procedures (SOP) was less. But over time, (maybe) the people feel that life is back to normal because there is no MCO and even the government also started to provide relief gradually.
Almost all economic sectors were opened and even social activities, such as holding of feasts and sports activities were allowed, causing the people to feel safe from Covid-19. Although the regulation to wear face mask was observed, mass group activities still took place, especially during the Sabah State Election (PRN).
Physical distancing was almost not complied with. At that time, one of the reasons for the increase in cases in Sabah was due to foreign immigrants and spread in the next community, subsequently to the peninsula, after the PRN ended.