Heed writings on the wall - stay at home!


A deliveryman riding his motorcycle along Kelawai Road in Penang where a signboard tells the people to pack food to eat at home.

SEVERAL signboards have been put up at strategic places all over the state to create awareness in the battle against the deadly Covid-19.

One of the signboard reads “Jika anda boleh baca mesej ini bermakna anda sudah melanggar perintah kawalan pergerakan, Balik Rumah Sekarang” (If you can read this message it means that you have broken the movement control order, go home now).

Another signboards says ‘Tapau Balik. Makan di Rumah’ (Take back home to eat) while the third one highlights on ‘Langkah Pencegahan Virus Covid-19’ (Prevention measure for Covid-19).

State Covid-19 communications coordinator Steven Sim said 150 pieces of the signboards had been put up to bring awareness to the people.

“They are mostly placed near markets, Komtar and iconic landmarks where people usually gather to advise them about the movement control order (MCO).

“Basically, we want them to stay at home, reduce their movements outside and to practise health measures, ” the Bukit Mertajam MP said.

Another signboard educating the public on ways to practise social distancing to prevent infections. – Photos: CHAN BOON KAI/The StarAnother signboard educating the public on ways to practise social distancing to prevent infections. – Photos: CHAN BOON KAI/The Star

Batu Lanchang assemblyman Ong Ah Teong said the signboards at the Batu Lanchang, Jelutong and Perak Road markets advise Penangites to avoid the crowds.

“Markets are usually crowded places and we are looking at all the effective measures to ensure that all of them stay at home, ” he explained.

Clerk G. Malarvilee said the signboards were eye-catching and should remind the people of our battle against Covid-19.

“I have also seen them in town. The size of the boards is huge and people are not likely to miss it, ” he said.

Penangite Melanie Goh also commended the state government for its effort to fight the virus.

‘It’s a positive thing to do as a responsible government, ” she said.

Since starting the ‘Penang Lawan Covid-19’ campaign, the state has been aggressively pursuing measures to reduce the number of cases including by imposing a shorter operation time from 6am to 8pm for businesses which offer essential services.

One of the many things implemented included the distribution of sanitisers and posters to all residents associations and joint-management bodies through their respective assemblymen.

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