Malaysians express appreciation for those fighting Covid-19


PETALING JAYA: Malaysians have come together to support the frontliners who are doing their best to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Readers have uploaded their comments on bit.ly/FrontSupp, praying for their health and well-being, as well as giving words of encouragement to the doctors and hospital staff battling the disease.

Reader Avine Seng Ngan Goh said the Health Ministry, anchored by its director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, deserved all the “praises and admirations” of fellow Malaysians.

“Without their selfless dedication to their job and sacrifices, our lives would have been greatly impacted negatively, ” he wrote.

Harinderan Kandiappan described the job of the frontliners as “noble” and that there was no higher virtue than to serve another.

“May the Almighty bless and keep them safe at all times.

“The people must also strictly abide by the SOP, if not the number of Covid-19 cases will not come down, ” he commented.

Shera Zulghafar called on the government to give the frontliners the reward they deserved.

“Hangpa tak tau betapa penatnya depa dari awal tahun sehingga sekarang masih tak henti-henti menjadi barisan hadapan. (Do you know how tiring it is for them to work on the front line non-stop since the beginning of the year?), ” she asked.

Another reader, Synn Theng, said the government should give more budget to the frontliners this year.

Daniel Wong Siew Wah agreed, saying that they should receive more allowances during the critical period, while Muhammad Syafiq Abdul Malik commented that allowances should come out from the ministers’ pockets.

Shantha Ganesh said praising the frontliners was not enough, noting that the government should improve the working environment and offer better salary and opportunities.

Reader Mohd Rider said while the frontliners were doing their best, everyone should play a role in tackling the issue.

“Because of some unnecessary meetings and gatherings, it caused higher number of Covid-19 cases.

“Will anyone take responsibility for what happened?” he asked, adding that the people should find a way not to repeat past mistakes.

Aniza Damis urged the people to stay at home.

“If we feel sorry for these frontliners, the best thing we can do is to stay home.

“For those who cannot stay home, strictly observe the SOP. Let’s lessen the burden on the frontliners by not adding ourselves to the statistics!” she wrote.

The comments from readers were taken from the Facebook post for the story “Frontliners soldier on even as they are emotionally and physically burned out” (bit.ly/StarBurnOut).

In the story, several frontliners spoke to The Star about their experiences and facing increasingly long hours and fatigue, besides mounting frustration in handling the Covid-19 pandemic.

Similar to the second wave of infections that hit the country earlier this year, they described their work as “overwhelming”, especially when the number of patients coming into hospitals did not seem to be abating.

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