Penangites look forward to MCO recovery phase

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020

GEORGE TOWN: With interstate travel allowed and more restrictions relaxed under the recovery movement control order (MCO), many are feeling relieved and hopeful once again.

Retiree Jaswant Singh, 57, said he was awaiting the good news as he looked forward to the recovery phase.

“I think many would agree that it felt as if life had stopped for the past months.

“Many routine activities that were normal to us had to be stopped. But now, there is freedom to make choices in our activities again.

“Now, I can go jogging, visit my friends when I am free and plan my travels for the near future.

“And since going outdoors and travelling are allowed now, life would be less confining.

“But we still have to be alert and extra careful about observing our hygiene practices,” he said yesterday.

Legal firm clerk Masri Osman, 53, said it was definitely a relief for all citizens to see things returning to normality.

“I think allowing interstate travel has lifted the spirits of many people. I look forward to visiting my relatives soon.

“This is because many of us skipped our Raya gatherings due to the MCO, and now we can start planning our visits.

“But we must still be cautious by wearing face masks and washing our hands frequently to prevent another round of the MCO,” he said.

Hawker Chuah Kar Heng, 68, who sells ais kacang in Pulau Tikus, said he anticipated better sales with the lifting of the ban on interstate travel.

“I hope my business will pick up again as I’m quite reliant on tourists and visitors in the Gurney Drive area.

A 55-year-old snacks wholesaler who only wanted to be known as Ah Loon said it was time for people to get used to the new norms and practise them during the recovery MCO.

“We cannot be too strict all the time as the pandemic could be a never-ending phenomenon, and our lives need to go on.

“The recovery phase is a good time for us to adapt to the new normal and for the economy to recover. But strict measures and hygienic practices must still be in place as it is everyone’s responsibility to help the nation recover from this pandemic,” he added.

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