‘Heed PM’s call to remain at home’


PETALING JAYA: Malaysians have criticised their counterparts who have taken a lackadaisical approach with regard to the movement control order (MCO) imposed by the government to check the rising cases of Covid-19 in the country.

Besides ignoring the order to stay home, some have shown total disregard or behaved indifferently by remaining outdoors for no valid reason.

“A long-staying guest at the hotel where I work refused to check out when the MCO was first announced.

“Although hotels are later allowed to operate on the condition that guests be limited to their rooms with food ordered through room service, this guest has been difficult.

“He even wanted to hold a small high-tea gathering with his friends. He apparently doesn’t care even though the prime minister has told everyone to remain at home, ” said Akmal Bashir, 32, an executive from a five-star hotel in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur.

He said the hotel management and staff on duty have to make sure guests do not simply leave their rooms.

For sales executive Jean Eng, she was uneasy upon seeing a group of teenage boys loitering on their motorcycles in front of a row of shoplots in Limbongan, Melaka.

“I went to the pharmacy to get some medicines and saw them chitchatting and laughing like nobody’s business. They also kept revving their engines.

“Their thoughtless behaviour was a nuisance especially to customers lining up outside waiting to get in, ” she said, adding that the pharmacy practises controlled entry to minimise social contact.

For running enthusiast Owen Gerald, 57, he decided to remind some of the acquaintances he usually meets while running to stay away from the tracks in his residential garden in Shah Alam, and remain home instead.

“Some of them still came out for their usual run while I was out buying food for my family.

“We are dealing with a pandemic and we can beat this if we play our part as responsible citizens. I think we should be vigilant and not take things lightly, ” he said.

However, some Malaysians who remained indoors are adjusting to spending more time at home working or being with their family.

“I now cook three meals a day for my family, plus two tea-break meals for my three young kids. I think I need to get on the treadmill soon before I put on weight, ” said accountant Cecillia Koh Lye Yee, 35, from Damansara Perdana.

Marketing director Shahrul Izhar, 48, from Cheras, said he prepared some games to keep his children busy while staying home.

“My wife and I do not want them to spend too much on the phone or the computer.

“It is the best time to teach them to play board games as we used to enjoy playing Scrabble very much. We are also going to try the Malaysian board game, the Lepak Game later, ” he added.

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