WITH the recent easing of movement restrictions under the recovery movement control order, we took the opportunity to travel to the green zone states of Penang and Perlis.
We stayed in Penang for two days and could see how the pandemic has impacted the economy. The streets of George Town, usually full of crowds of people both local and foreign, were empty. Business was at a stand still.
From Penang, we went to Kangar, Perlis, another green zone area. When we ventured in search of food, we were surprised to find a majority of the locals not wearing facemasks while we had put on our masks as soon as we left our hotel room. We were told that most locals do not wear masks and that we were the odd ones with masks. But we stuck to the SOP, wearing masks whenever we were on the move.
What disturbs me is why the people there seemed so lax in following safety measures laid down in the Health Ministry’s SOPs? Are they complacent because the state has been declared a green zone?
The Covid-19 virus is still hovering about and, to date, there is still no vaccine. In light of this, I hope each and every Malaysian will play his/her part and take all the necessary safety precautions as laid out by the government. God willing, we will overcome this pandemic together.
DATUK WEE BENG GEE
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