Adapting to the new norm

All set for Hari Raya: Khaliliah placing some of the Raya cookies she bought online into containers as her daughter Auni Zara, eight, helps her while her son Ahmad Zakwan, 11, prepares to put up the decorations at their home in Bandar Perda, Bukit Mertajam. — ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star

GEORGE TOWN: With no sign of Covid-19 cases going down and sensing another round of movement control order likely to be enforced, Khaliliah Abdul Halim adjusted her Hari Raya Aidilfitri preparations accordingly since two months ago.

“I already expected that we would not be allowed to balik kampung, so I did what I could for my children to make them happy and celebrate the festival at home, ” she said.

The 38-year-old teacher said she started shopping for Raya clothes and shoes for her family in March.

“They would be hungry and tired while fasting, so we went shopping earlier, ” she said.

Expecting another round of MCO to be enforced during Hari Raya, Khaliliah said she also suggested to her siblings that their 71-year-old mother spend Ramadan and Hari Raya with one of them.

“Luckily for me, I managed to be home with my mother during the first MCO and we celebrated Hari Raya together last year.

“I do not want my mother to celebrate the festival alone. My brother, who is an accountant in Selangor, took her to his house before Ramadan.

“Since he is working from home, he can take care of our mother, ” she said.

Khaliliah also said she and her children had adapted to home-based teaching and learning.

“We have been doing this since the MCO was first implemented in March last year.

“Online teaching has been smooth for me as a teacher and my children are adapting well with learning online too, ” she said.

Khaliliah added that when the MCO for Penang was announced on Saturday, she took it as a test from Allah.

“We stay in Central Seberang Prai, which is under MCO, so we are only allowed to have visitors on the first day of Raya.

“We will invite friends in the same district to celebrate with us.

“I will cook a special Raya menu like rendang and lemang on the first day of Raya, ” she said.

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