Gas what? They are pretty scared too

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  • Wednesday, 25 Mar 2020

Service above self: Chong sending gas cylinders to his customers around the city in Kota Kinabalu.

KOTA KINABALU: Gas trader Chong Vui Siung would be lying if he said he was not worried or afraid every time he has to go out and deliver cooking gas cylinders to customers.

“I’m afraid of getting the virus, afraid of falling sick and even dying.

“But I know, if there is a need, I have to go out and deliver stock to my customers, ” said the 30-year-old.

To minimise the risk of being infected, he makes sure that he and his brother, who is his work partner, as well as workers, always take safety precautions such as wearing masks and gloves.

“We try to observe social distancing when delivering gas cylinders, ” he said.

For now, he limits his stock sending to just sundry shops and regular customers.

“I have to protect my family as well, as we try to help keep the stock running and for people out there, we also try and make sure we won’t fall ill, ” he said.

Banker Janice JC, 32, said during uncertain times such as this, she still has to work amid fears and concern for her health.

She is afraid of infecting others, especially her loved ones, if she gets infected.

“But what can I do? We bankers are considered essential services and I understand where our duty lies, ” she said.

She hopes all those who go to banks are those who really need to do so, and that they make sure they are clear of Covid-19 before going out anywhere.

“Be responsible, don’t go out and mingle around without getting yourself medically examined if you know you could pose a health risk to others, ” she said.

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