KUALA LUMPUR: Almost 40,000 respondents (or more than 90%) of a survey carried out by the Department of Statistics Malaysia indicated that they were ready to continue with current safeguards during the movement control order even after the MCO is lifted.
The online survey that was carried out from April 10 to 24 found that 92.9% or 38,455 respondents said they were prepared to adopt such safe measures after the MCO ends.
The findings showed that 93.6% said they will increase their level of cleanliness and hygiene while 83.3% said they will limit social activities and 67.1% will limit travelling.
About 43.5% said they will not eat out, 42.4% will limit sports and recreational activities, 33.7% will limit religious activities to homes, according to information on the survey on the impact of Covid-19 on the economy and individuals released by the department yesterday.
The support was quite equally divided between urban and rural communities.
A total of 41,386 respondents nationwide aged 15 and above participated in the survey. More women (55.7%) than men (44.3%) responded.
Almost all respondents (96.8%) stated that they had benefited from the economic stimulus package Prihatin Rakyat (Prihatin).
As high as 68.2% of respondents received three types of assistance, 13.9% (two types) and 17.9% (one).
The types of assistance were one-off cash aid (Prihatin Nasional/Assistance, IPT Student Aid and e-hailing), moratorium, utility discounts, EPF cash withdrawals and private retirement, wage subsidies and payments under the Employment Retention Programme and credit guarantee schemes.
A total of 70.1% of respondents said the stimulus package was effective in reducing financial burden while 9.1% said that it was completely effective in easing their financial load during the MCO.
Most (90.9%) respondents said that their priorities are on health and life followed by income (4.6%) and resuming life as normal as possible (4.5%).
About 65.4% of respondents said they were working (during the MCO period) at the time of survey.
Among those who were working, 42.6% worked from home, 20.3% worked in turns or based on need with full pay, 2.5% worked in turns or based on need with half pay.
Another 8.4% were not working but receiving full pay while 3% were not working but receiving half pay.
Those laid off were 1.5% while 21.6% were out of the labour force.
Rice, meat, eggs and vegetables, condiments, and cooking oil were among the major food items that respondents spent on during the MCO period.
Non-food stuff that shoppers mostly bought included laundry detergent, face masks, disinfectant, medicines, tissue paper, sanitary pads and gloves.
The survey also found that 96.1% of respondents were satisfied with the services of the health frontliners and facilities provided by the government in battling Covid-19.
On education, more than half the respondents (54.5%) said that the internet connection for online learning was moderate.
The survey found that on average 67.5% of respondents/children had managed to participate in online learning sessions for one to five hours a day during the MCO.
About half (46.3%) of the respondents said that the fastest connectivity for online learning in the day were from 7am to noon.
Chief statistician Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin said the analysis was based on a qualitative survey on individuals’ opinion on the economy, work, lifestyle and education.
He said that he hoped the result from the survey could help in the fight against the contagion in Malaysia.
“The MCO and the Covid-19 pandemic had changed the way individuals and company work, whether in the public or private sector.
“With the easing up of the MCO, majority of the society no longer carry out their duties as before and they need to adapt to the new norm in their lives, their work and daily activities, ” he said.
The full report of the special survey can be accessed from www.dosm.gov.my and DOSM’s official social media sites @StatsMalaysia.
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