PETALING JAYA: With the Klang Valley set to move into Phase Two of the National Recovery Plan, Malaysians are looking forward to vacations and visits to their loved ones whom they have not seen for some time.
A 38-year-old engineer, who only wanted to be known as Basheer, said he was looking forward to travelling to Johor Baru to visit his mother and brother, whom he has not seen for more than a year.
“I miss them very much. It has been a very long time. I hope that interstate travel will be allowed soon.
“At the same time, I also hope the government will not rush to relax all the restrictions because if the Covid-19 cases go up again, there will be another lockdown.”
Sze Chong, an accountant, is also hoping to cross the state border soon.
“We did our part and followed the government’s instructions to be fully vaccinated.
“I am yearning to go home to see my parents in Penang as my mother is sick. I did not even go back last Chinese New Year. So I really worry for them.
“I have been depending on my relatives there to take care of them and to purchase their medications,” the 35-year-old said.
Kathy Lee hopes to be able to take a short vacation in Langkawi or Port Dickson with her boyfriend.
“After more than a year of being cooped up in the house, I am eager to go to the beach just to rest and relax,” the 29-year-old business analyst said.
As cinemas have been closed since the movement control order (MCO) 3.0, a 25-year-old sales executive who only wanted to be known as Razali said he was looking forward to watching a movie.
“Before the pandemic, my friends and I used to hang out at the cinemas often.
“There were many good movies that we have missed such as Black Widow and now Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. These are the kinds of blockbuster films that we must watch in the cinemas.
“I think it is a shame that cinemas have to remain closed for so long. As we move to the second phase, I hope the government will allow cinemas to reopen,” he said.
Freelancer Chris Ching is eager to return to the office.
“I rented an office space just before the pandemic. But I have not been able to go there due to the movement restrictions. It’s already September and we’ve only been able to use the office for two months this year, yet full rentals have to be paid!
“I can’t wait to get together with friends and family, and have a good time. I’d like to especially watch a movie like Shang-Chi together,” the 37-year-old said.
However, Ching said she would still exercise caution when going to public places due to the high number of Covid-19 cases and deaths recorded.