Penangites brace for lockdown

WORKING parents are bracing themselves for the strain of caring for their kids under the latest lockdown.

Administrative assistant Marsha Deng, 57, said things would be troublesome for her.

Zuraidah hopes that the new MCO will be a long-term solution to the rising cases.Zuraidah hopes that the new MCO will be a long-term solution to the rising cases.

“I am still working and taking care of my granddaughter too.

“I do not know what to do as she will be staying home while I work.

“She is only five years old and I do not think I can find a babysitter for her.

“Even before this, her mother had to send her to me as the parents are working in Kuala Lumpur and cannot look after her.

“They found it hard to get a babysitter there.

“But anyhow, we are prepared to face another MCO, ” she said when met at a hypermarket in Gelugor, Penang.

Deng says things will be troublesome as her granddaughter will be at home while she works.Deng says things will be troublesome as her granddaughter will be at home while she works.

Another shopper, chef Khew Wai Keong, 40, said he hoped that authorities would keep the current state of the economy in mind.

“Ensuring public health is important, but the economy is equally important.

“If businesses suffer, the people are going to suffer too. The MCO should be done without restricting businesses too much.

“My family and I are simply holding on. I have an eight-year-old son but am not that worried as school has not started.

“I hope the pandemic ends quickly as children will absorb things better in school, not through online classes, ” he added.

Meanwhile, business owner Zuraidah Zahari, 48, said she hoped that the new MCO could be a long-term solution.

“I think strict enforcement is definitely needed.

“Right now, people are quite complacent and if you look around, you might think there is no MCO at all.

“Places are crowded and even though people wear masks, there is little physical distancing, ” she said.

Zuraidah added that her own business was suffering but she preferred enduring one more round of MCO to clear out the danger.

“Right now, people do go around but have no confidence in spending.

“If we were to settle the situation once and for all, maybe people will have more spending confidence and thus the economy can then recover faster, ” she said.

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