Klang Valley braces for CMCO


Stocking up: People buying groceries at a supermarket in Subang Jaya ahead of the conditional CMCO. — SHAARI CHEMAT/The Star

KLANG: One of Zuriani Ishak’s main concerns over the conditional movement control order (MCO) beginning today is the interruption of her autistic son’s daily routine.

Muhammad Zahid Zidan, 13, has been attending school from Monday to Friday.

“I am worried that since he does not have to go to school now, he may get used to it and assume that it is his new routine,’’ said Zuriani, 45.

She said the boy could become “sulky and unresponsive” when it was time to go back to school.

“I will have to work something out to replicate his routine of going to school daily,’’ said the administration executive and translator, who lives in Damansara Utama.

For mother-of-three T. Deepa Letchumy, having her brood at home will pose a big challenge.

She said her children Misha Climent, 12, Samitha, nine, and Jaiveen, five, would get restless when cooped up at the family home in Banting.

“Usually, when my two older children go to school and my youngest boy goes to kindergarten, I have some time and space to do my household chores,’’ said Deepa Letchumy, who lost her job during the first MCO enforced in March.

She said prohibiting inter-district travel was a problem as she usually shopped for her cooking ingredients and spices in Klang.

“We don’t have many shopping choices in Banting, so most of us travel to Klang to shop,’’ she added.

Third-year UCSI University accounting student Low Yuen Ting is resigned to the fact that 2020 will end up as a “lonely year”.

“I’ve been attending online classes since the initial conditional MCO and haven’t socialised with my friends at all due to the pandemic,’’ said 21-year-old Low, who lives with her family in Cheras.

She added that this was a far cry from her earlier lifestyle, which involved travelling and going out with friends.

Her biggest bane was not being able to take on part-time jobs to supplement her pocket money.

“I used to do part-time work regularly. But I have not been able to do so since March, so I have to tighten my expenses,’’ she added.

Low said the only silver lining was that she did not have to pay for petrol, parking and food daily as she did not have to physically attend lectures.

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