The worst of human behaviour in bad times

ON Sunday, the medical community grieved the loss of our comrade who succumbed to Covid-19. We were shocked and many are still finding it difficult to digest this tragic news.

Although it is well known that he had a travel history to Turkey during which the infection was most likely acquired, this does not in any way diminish the grief among us in the medical community.

Although he was not among the frontliners in the fight against the Covid-19 outbreak, he dedicated his service to the public through his many contributions in his field.

He was known to many as a kind-hearted, generous and humble doctor. He was a very cheerful person who brought a smile to the many who were privileged to work alongside him.

His passing is the ninth in the country. I can sense the rise of raw emotion and anger driven by fear and uncertainty in this current time.

Unfortunately, some responded to this by finding a scapegoat and sharing unverified information, causing hatred among those concerned. He, unfortunately, was not spared from such irresponsible and vicious acts.

I now beg the public and fellow medical health colleagues to put a stop to this.

On Sunday, we lost a colleague who has been vilified in social media and messaging apps like WhatsApp by irresponsible parties who have, knowingly or unknowingly, tarnished his reputation. Despite his passing, the baseless rumours and accusations continue to spread on social media.

I am truly shocked by what this pandemic has done to many in our society. This is not us, and this will not be us, not now, not ever.

Please stop sharing unverified information. Please stop scapegoating. This is a battle that we have to fight together. One cannot win without the other. There are enough negative emotions at this testing time; we do not need more hatred going around, especially not to those who do not deserve it.

We have to break the vicious cycle. Be kind to each other. Help each other. One day when all this passes, it would be better for us to look back on this moment with pride in our unity and collective spirit rather than in shame at our hostility and irresponsibility.


Glugor, Penang

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