Acting Village Head of Kampong Berakas ‘B’ Azizi Fakhri Noor Azalie said when he heard the statement from Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham Jaafar during the daily press conference explaining the details of a full lockdown, he knew there would be panic buying “just like during the first wave”.
“I advised the village council members to keep the villagers calm” as a total lockdown is not happening yet and that the minister was only explaining about a ‘what-if’ situation, he said.
Azizi said he advised villagers to only buy what is needed and estimate carefully how long their supplies will last, adding that this will help others to purchase necessities without difficulties.
He said while the second wave is said to be more dangerous than the first, he urged the public to follow the news about the pandemic more carefully without panicking.
“My advice to the villagers is to take up an activity to calm their mind such as engaging in religious activities.
“At the same time, they should also spend time with the family virtually through application such as Zoom, as another way of reassurance and not to be overly worried about the virus,” he said.
Meanwhile, Acting Village Head of Kampong Kulapis Mohamad Asyramisyanie bin Kamis called on the villagers to first evaluate what they actually need before going out to buy supplies, while urging consideration to others who may also need basic necessities.
“In other words, buy what you need not what you want. There is no need to rush to an unsure situation where you end up wasting your resource and risking your life,” he said, as he believes what is most important now is to listen to the Ministry of Health’s guidelines and stay safe at home and “go outdoors only when really needed.
“Use runners or deliveries or take a pick-up method in purchasing goods. These are smart ways to get what you need even if it costs a few more dollars”.
Mohamad said he personally feels it is dangerous to be in crowded places, especially when there is no clear word on a total lockdown for now. - Borneo Bulletin/ANN