M’sians back tougher stance


  • Nation
  • Monday, 27 Jul 2020

Necessary item: Members of the public wearing face masks in Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, ahead of mandatory enforcement on Aug 1. — Bernama

PETALING JAYA: With new Covid-19 clusters emerging and local transmissions rising, Malaysians feel that a conditional or targeted movement control order (MCO) should be implemented to prevent a second wave of Covid-19 infections.

Research assistant Norhaida Mohd Khairi said the government needed to enforce the conditional MCO again before Covid-19 cases record higher double-digit figures.

“Now is the best time for the government to ask businesses to reduce the number of employees on duty as well as closing schools and universities.

“The trouble with the reopening of schools now is that although the teachers enforce strict SOP when students enter the school, some fail to ensure the SOP is also enforced when students leave the school compound,” said the 41-year-old.

Norhaida said parents would gather in front of the school gate and fail to observe social distancing.

“I also think there is a risk of new clusters emerging as a result of the upcoming Hari Raya Haji celebration if people do not properly adhere to the government SOP and maintain social distancing,” she said.

Shipping and business services outlet manager Azatulafzan Mat Dui suggested that interstate travel restrictions be reimposed but only at locations which record new Covid-19 cases.

“I’m hoping the government would not enforce interstate travel restrictions before Hari Raya Haji as we didn’t get to celebrate last Hari Raya with our families.”

Freelance social media analyst Syed Khalid Alwee Aljuned suggested that the government implement the MCO strategically with the least economic and health implications.

“Malaysia cannot afford to suffer business losses as much as the first time around, so Malaysians have to do their very best to stop the spread of Covid-19 in the second wave.

“It’s good that the authorities are increasing their patrols and making sure their presence is felt by the public to demonstrate their seriousness in tackling the pandemic,” said the 43-year-old.

Former rhythmic gymnast Sarina Sundara Rajah believed a second wave of Covid-19 infections was bound to happen similar to China, South Korea and Australia, thus Malaysia needed tighter enforcement of the existing SOP.

“It is important that businesses continue to be open but with safety precautions strictly enforced.

“It is not beneficial to have another lockdown because it does not make sense for people to continue living without being able to put food on the table,” she said.

Besides practising physical safety precautions, Sarina said it was important that people take care of their immune system.

“No matter how much precautions I take at my training centre, if any of the kids are infected, then the risk of transferring the virus to another person is very high,” she said.

The rhythmic gymnastics coach said: “Although it is a collective responsibility to try to keep the virus contained, people should also ensure their body is able to protect them should they get infected.”

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