I REALLY cannot hold back my outrage and disappointment at this point. Some (if not many) Malaysians are still behaving so irresponsibly in the midst of this dire Covid-19 pandemic. They underestimate the danger of the virus and the speed at which it can spread, especially the highly transmissible Delta variant. They seem to be ignorant of how widely the variant can and has spread in the community despite the fact that there have been countless news reports as well as information posted, circulated and published on all forms of media, including online, by legitimate and trusted sources. And yet, people remain ignorant. Or maybe they assume they know better?
This is the attitude and mentality that remains prevalent among so many of us: “It only happens to others, it won’t happen to me, my family, my friends, my neighbours or my colleagues – as long as we know each other, we are all safe and not infected with the virus at all.” This is the most selfish and ignorant thinking ever!
Case in point: A cousin’s husband drove over with a dish for his mother who lives in his brother’s home. Upon arrival, he was stopped from entering the house because his mother has just received news that she had tested positive for Covid-19. In sharing this story, my cousin said how lucky it was that the news about his mother’s test had come in time to stop him entering the house.
When I heard this I was dumbfounded. Did she mean that had the news not arrived at that time, her husband would have entered the house? And risked contracting the virus and carrying it back to his own home, ie, to his wife (my cousin), their three very young children and the wife’s parents?
How many times has our director-general of Health and the authorities said not to visit people (ie, do not visit anyone outside our own household)? Surely everyone should know this by now, that it is an important measure in stopping transmission of the virus?
Have the repeated calls, messages and numerous warnings not been drilled into our heads enough in the past months? Or do we still think that as long it’s someone we know, it’s safe because they can’t possibly be infected? Where is the science or data to support such judgements?
Aren’t the over 17,000 daily new cases and over 100 daily deaths not serious enough for us to be even more cautious about who we interact with so we can stay safe and keep our loved ones safe too? Have there not been enough video clips and news about how strained our healthcare system has been since the spike in cases due to the Delta variant?
Coming back to the story of my cousin, to add oil to the fire, all of the family members in her husband’s mother’s household have tested positive except for the husband’s sister-in-law. And she has been asked to go in to her office on Monday even though the company is aware that her whole household has tested positive.
Even though she has had a negative result, she is obviously a close contact and should be home quarantined for the next 14 days! Does the company not know this? Does the company not realise how dangerous it is to ask a staff member who is a close contact of positive patients to enter the business premises before she even finishes her home quarantine? Does her superior not know that she might be bringing the virus into the office and that the entire staff then risks getting infected? Have other companies been behaving like this? Perhaps this is one of the reasons we have so many workplace cases.
And not only that: I was aghast and very angry to learn that the sister-in-law refuses to wear a mask at home because it makes her feel “uncomfortable”! Doesn’t she want to protect herself? Does she still regard this virus as nothing serious? This story is happening right in the epicentre of the Covid-19 crisis in Malaysia, the Klang Valley. Don’t tell me that she is not aware of what has been happening around her since day one of the pandemic.
Dear Malaysians, this is how ignorant and irresponsible some of us have been and still are. Are you one of them? I really hope not.
Sg Buloh, Selangor