Eager to have MCO lifted


The students’ books are being sorted out according to their classes.

ALTHOUGH Malaysia is not totally free of the Covid-19 disease, some people are hopeful that the conditional movement control order (MCO) will not be extended after June 9.

Daycare and tuition centre teacher Chu Chai Fong, 35, said they were ready to operate in compliance with the standard operating procedures (SOP).

She said they would reduce the number of students per session to ensure social distancing.

“If there were 10 students in a class previously, we are ready to divide them into two classes.

“We’ll record their temperature before allowing them to come into the centre.

“Both students and teachers will have to put on face masks and face shields throughout as precautionary measure, ” she said.

Chu said they had sanitised the centre, adding that there would be hourly cleaning of the stair railings and tables at the centre.

“They have to sanitise their hands before entering into the classrooms and they will have to do it hourly.

“For daycare children, we encourage them to bring their own meal box and a big water tumbler so that they will be confined in the room to reduce movement, ” she said.

Chu said it would be great to have face to face lessons after more than two months of online lessons.

“The students can understand and focus better at the centre. They can ask questions and get an immediate explanation.

“During the MCO and conditional MCO, we only interact with our students through online platforms and phone calls.

“Since some parents are back to work, some students might not have internet access or laptops when their parents are at work, ” she said.

The students’ books are being sorted out according to their classes.The students’ books are being sorted out according to their classes.

Tuition teacher Chew J-Yin, 25, hopes that face-to-face teaching and learning can be carried out soon as she misses her students a lot.

“I understand that the MCO and conditional MCO are vital to keep everyone safe.

“Likewise, we will do whatever it takes to make sure that everyone is healthy and safe.

“It is difficult to gauge the students’ progress via phone calls or video calls.

“However, we need more time to prepare teaching materials compared to the days before MCO as we need to come up with methods that best suit each student’s needs.

“They have missed out a lot during MCO, ” she said.

Kayak fisher J.S. Loh, 40, from Penang, said he missed kayak fishing at Bukit Merah lake in Perak.

“It is only 45 minutes from Penang but because it is in Perak, I cannot cross the border. In kayak fishing, we don’t crowd together.

“I even prefer to be alone to enjoy some solitude on a calm lake while looking for fish.

“I don’t believe in treating the virus like a bogeyman.

“If I were in a red zone like Kuala Lumpur, I would be super careful and only leave home when absolutely necessary.

“But it is not an invisible enemy waiting to attack me if I travel from Penang to Bukit Merah Lake, so I hope the authorities will relax the MCO further and give me back some of my freedom, ” he said in a phone interview.

Online travel agency team captain Barbara Chow, 26, said she just could not wait for the MCO to be lifted completely.

“Life has been so different throughout this MCO period.

“Our usual daily routine such as working in the office, meeting family and friends, dining-in at restaurants seem to be unusual now.

“As an employee in the tourism industry, we have been experiencing a huge impact in terms of revenue and sales volume.

“Many of my colleagues were laid off due to the bad economic conditions, ” she said.

Chow said it was tough to go through and adapt to the changes.

“I sincerely hope that everyone can adhere to the MCO so that our efforts for the past 12 weeks will not go to waste.

“Since I’m working in Kuala Lumpur, I’m not allowed to go home to Ipoh after the MCO was announced.

“I can’t wait to meet my beloved family in my hometown.

“I would like to get my nails done as well. It has been awhile since I last went to my manicurist, ” she said.

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