Let’s face it. Let us be more understanding and tolerant in facing the present critical health crisis we are in right now. We can begin by starting our very own “self-imposed lockdown”. Stop arguing on the dos and don’ts the government has mounted and is going to impose.
Stop pouring all sorts of nonsensical remarks and allegations, blaming the government over skyrocketing figures of Covid-19 infections and fatalities. For we, ourselves, have a role to play. Let’s start by getting those closest to us, our loved ones, our relatives, in fact, our neighbours, to do a “voluntary lockdown” among us ourselves, beginning at home.
Be resourceful and come up with our very own lockdown family regime and stick to it - our family operating procedure and what else that needs to be done so long we can keep this virus at bay. Wear face masks if need be, even in the comfort of your house until a time where you find it fit not to wear them again. Of course, this is easier said than done but as they say, this is an extraordinary time which inevitably calls for extraordinary measures. This is time to do things differently or face the consequences.
The calls made by health experts for the public to become “monitors” and speak out when they see someone not following Covid-19 protocols or precautions are timely and just what we should have been doing a long time ago to be proactive and helpful towards each other. This is the time where we should attempt at all times, to protect not just one person but the whole country, too, as what we do will have a butterfly effect on the whole pandemic response.
When Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced all of Malaysia will come under the movement control order from Wednesday (May 11) until June 7 in view of the more critical and vicious third wave of Covid-19, some quarters, including Opposition politicians, hit him hard, arguing the need for one which they said would only cause the country’s economy to fall flat.
There must be something just not right with these people! I would like to assume that they are “mentally off” or selfish for now. How could they disagree with the MCO which will be implemented across the board to save all Malaysians and others residing in this country? Definitely, we can’t afford a national crisis as it will only wreak havoc on our lives, our livelihoods and the country on the whole. All of us must avoid this at all cost.
Our Prime Minister stated clearly the need for MCO based on data and science that showed gatherings making social distancing pretty impossible. The presence of large groups in close spaces, he said, had been identified as the main cause of Covid-19 spreading. With daily cases exceeding 4,000 and more than 1,700 fatalities so far, this only calls for cooperation and urgency from all Malaysians to play their respective roles to determine that their choice of staying safe and healthy and to return to normalcy is not jeopardized by the pandemic.
There is no time left to debate or argue over what the government has been doing, whether it is right or wrong, confusing or not confusing, what should be allowed and what not. Leave all those anti-Covid-19 measures and programmes to the government but on our part as responsible citizens, help and support the government and other relevant authorities to cope with the situation.
Let’s all do the right thing. Help frontliners who have been overworked with all Covid-19 cases by disciplining ourselves and following all the needful health protocols and standard operating procedures. Never ever get into complacency.
Don’t get swayed by allegations hurled by opposition members against the government for they will find nothing good or right about the latter. The King’s advice for people to stay home if they have no urgent matters outside should not fall on deaf ears. What the King has said is precisely correct – that by doing so, the public would indirectly help the frontliners to curb the spread of the infections more effectively. His Royal Highness’ advice is to prevent this country from being hit by the Covid-19 tsunami as suffered by several nations. The choice is ours. Protect ourselves, protect everyone.
Rosli Mohd Najib