“DISASTER” is what awaits restaurant and eatery operators with the reinstatement of the movement control order (MCO) in six districts in Selangor, so goes the claim by the Malaysian Muslim Restaurant Owners Association president on Tuesday (May 4).
It was issued hours after the Federal Government announced the move for the state which has topped the chart for the most daily positive Covid-19 cases since the past weeks.
Nothing is worse than uncertainty for businesses, which means disruptions in their operations and financial standing. Every Malaysian knows that but in order to be on the safe side of our health, this is just what the Perikatan Nasional-led government must and has to do.
For the safety of our loved ones, ourselves and all others, we should all, by now, try to accept the reality that this global health crisis is going nowhere, that it is getting meaner.
More than 1,500 lives in this country alone have gone since the outbreak of the pandemic early last year, not to mention the number of those infected. On Tuesday alone, Malaysia logged a total of 3,120 cases, with Selangor reporting the most infections at 675.
With the national tally standing at more than 420,000 and over 30,000 active cases reported thus far, the situation, indeed, is very worrying. Indeed, we are left with no options but to let the government, through the relevant ministries and agencies as well as the private sector, in this respect private hospitals and institutions, impose and carry out whatever that needs to be done so that we can pull through these tough, difficult times, together.
In Selangor’s Covid-19 cases, even its Mentri Besar has finally admitted that the option to counter the spike in infections in the state would be by implementing the MCO. The almost full capacity of several hospitals following Covid-19 patient admissions reported in the state reinforces the needs for its imposition.
So, for Datuk Jawahar Ali Taib Khan to say that the move would spell disaster for businesses which are on the cusp of recovery, I strongly feel, is overbearing and unworthy.
Another claim by Restaurant, Bar and Entertainment Entrepreneurs pro-tem chairman Datuk Sivakumaran Nair that another round of MCO “is inconsiderate to us” and that “we have not contributed to a single cluster” is certainly uncalled for and unjustified.
It is downright insulting and unbecoming for the thousands of our frontliners and others who have to sweat it out 24/7 on the ground to treat the endless stream of Covid-19 patients who keep coming in at hospitals and other set-ups.
To me, it is him who is being inconsiderate for having no regards for the safety and health of other people.
We have been grappling with the pandemic for more than a year, and what the government has done and is doing to mitigate it should be lauded and accepted, not jeered at or condemned. Any increase in infections will only pave the way for the outbreak of new variants.
When a widely circulating virus causes thousands of new infections, the chances of the virus mutating also increases. The medical experts have been saying this time and again and we, as laymen, should be cautioned and be more aware.
Serving and saving this country from the pandemic has become part of our jobs, for all of us. But the fact remains that many Malaysians out there are still not following the standard health protocols. Of course, all these only make us restless and angry, but then again, we still have our respective roles to play.
Just as SOPs must be observed, if we are to win the war against this pandemic, negative statements like the ones mentioned above should not have come into play. We will not be safe until everyone is safe.
Bukit Antarabangsa, Selangor.