Most people following SOP but some still apathetic


A vegetable stall worker wears a face mask on her chin while a motorcyclist (background) adheres to the rule in Pudu, Kuala Lumpur. — LOW LAY PHON/The Star

WHILE most people are observing the National Security Council’s standard operating procedures (SOP) when in public areas, there are some who still fail to comply.

During a check by StarMetro in Pudu, Kuala Lumpur and Bandar Sunway in Petaling Jaya, many were seen with their mask on, practising physical distancing and duly scanning the MySejahtera QR code when entering business premises.

However, there were some apathetic individuals who were either not wearing a mask or were wearing it wrongly.

For example, some had the mask under the chin while others covered only their mouth and not their nose.

A fruit seller at a commercial area in Pudu, who only wanted to be known as Chuang, said people had been mostly staying at home since the conditional movement control order (MCO) began on Oct 14.

“There are fewer shoppers now and most follow the SOP.

“Even workers are wearing a mask while loading and unloading goods,” he said.

Pudu resident Chan Ah Zhu, 73, said she was complying with the SOP and only left her house when necessary.

“I live with my two sons in a shoplot, and they always remind me to wear a mask when going out.

“I make sure that I keep a safe distance from others and avoid crowded places.

“But this week, I had to leave the house as I had to buy new light bulbs,” she said.

Asked if she felt uncomfortable talking to people who did not wear a mask, Chan nodded immediately.

“I try to keep a distance if I need to talk to them, but I do not usually talk to people when running errands as I always keep my journey to the supermarket brief,” she said.

In the same area, two workers who were unloading huge bags at the nearby shops were without face masks.

In Bandar Sunway, foreign worker Nurhayati Sukarki, who lives at Damai Apartment, said most of the residents adhered to the SOP.

“Residents always wear their masks at common areas.

“Everyone is worried about the current surge in Covid-19 cases and are making it a point to observe the SOP,” said the 39-year-old cleaner from Indonesia.

A man, who declined to be named, said he had pulled down his mask to catch a breather when approached for an interview at the Bandar Sunway commercial area.

“I wore it the whole morning and it is starting to get uncomfortable,” he said before rushing off.

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