Malaysians in two minds over travels amid Covid-19


  • Metro News
  • Friday, 18 Sep 2020

Families spending time with their loved ones in Port Dickson during the National Day holiday. — Filepic

MALAYSIANS are fairly divided when it comes to the matter of travelling within the country for a holiday amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Some feel that people are taking the matter lightly by travelling for vacation, while others are of the opinion that if the standard operating procedures (SOP) are properly followed, it should be safe to travel.

Hezeryn Rose Hussein, 42, said going for holidays during the recovery movement control order (MCO) was all right, provided that people abided by the SOP.

However, she said there were people out there who did not practise physical distancing or clean up after eating out.

She noted that during long weekend holidays, shopping centres were packed with adults and little children.

“Wearing face mask is mandatory but you still see people wearing them as chin or neck straps!

“With new asymptomatic cases popping up like mushrooms, it is best to just stay put in your own state or your own home to minimise the risk.

“When going to a mall to get groceries, I see quite a crowd and no one controlling the number of people entering the premises, ” she added.

Teacher Ambiga Pillay, 60, said she would not go for holidays even to local destinations.

“There are still cases, and we do read in the newspapers that people are being infected locally.

“I believe it is too early to decide on holidays and the priority should be staying safe at home, ” she said.

Housewife M. Malarvili, 38, said those going for local vacations must be wary of the danger of the virus.

“Maybe they are stressed and need a holiday badly.

“People must understand that if one of them gets infected by the virus, the whole family is at risk.

“It is better to stay at home

until everything settles down, ” she added.

Clerk Lim Su Eng, 38, said she needed a vacation and had gone for two short breaks to the beachfront.

“My husband and I as well as our two daughters had planned the trips way before the movement control order took place.

“I prefer holidays by the beach to enjoy the sun.

“I sanitise the hotel door knobs, taps and toilet bowls, ” she clarified.

Accountant N. Trishni, 43, said her local holidays were planned long before the MCO was implemented and they decided to proceed since the airline was not refunding the money for the flight tickets.

She said that she had checked if the place they were going to was in the green zone.

“Thankfully the hotel and the places that we went to adhered to the SOP.

“Breakfast was not a buffet and it was sent to our rooms.

“Only a certain number of people were allowed to have their meals at the restaurant.

“This made our stay safe and enjoyable, ” Trishni added.

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