Lam Thye calls for self-imposed two-week lockdown to break Covid-19 chain


PETALING JAYA: Malaysians should stop debating on the dos and don’ts of the current movement control order and start a self-imposed lockdown instead, says Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye (pic).

“This is no time to debate over what activities are allowed and what are not. Or what should be allowed and what shouldn’t.

“Let’s do a voluntary lockdown only for a specific two-week period to bring down the curve and help our health authorities to cope with the situation, ” Lee said in a press statement on Sunday (May 9).

The Alliance For Safe Community chairman said this after a dire warning from Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah that complacency in fighting Covid-19 could result in over 5,000 daily infections by the end of this month if no drastic action was taken to curb the spread of the virus.

“Please, let’s all rally around. Whether there is an SOP or not, let’s all do the right thing. Have no social gatherings, no religious meetings, no bazaars, no schools, no visits etc, ” he said.

Lee said that staying at home, eating at home, working from home were the only things that we should allow ourselves to be doing to remain safe.

“Don’t wait for the authorities to wield the big stick. Let’s just discipline ourselves.

“It’s not hard to do, as we have had some experience during the first wave and lockdown last year, ” he added.

He noted that the lack of discipline was a major cause in aggravating the Covid-19 situation at the moment.

He said that both government and private hospitals are being overwhelmed with Covid-19 cases, resulting in frontliners being overworked.

“Yet, despite this onerous position, we still see people violating the basic SOPs of not wearing masks, not washing hands and not practising physical distancing, ” he said.

He added that complacency has also set in with the implementation of the national immunisation plan.

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