TRAFFIC is expected to build up on most major highways in light of the Maulidur Rasul public holiday tomorrow following the recent decision by the government to allow interstate travel.
The move by the authorities comes after Malaysia achieved the objective of having 90% of its adult population fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
As usual, to some the decision to permit interstate travel is welcomed while there are others who are against it.
Truth be told, there is no way to please everyone. The key, in my opinion, is to strike a balance between lives and livelihoods and the need for things to return to normalcy.
The decision to allow interstate travel, dining in at restaurants and coffee shops, and the reopening of more economic sectors shows that the situation is improving, but in no way does it mean we can throw all caution to the wind.
I am not a medical expert, but it is safe to say we have the edge now because of the vaccines.
However, we still cannot afford to let our guard down and stop adhering to the standard operating procedures (SOP). We can all do our part to prevent the worst from happening, which would be another spike in infections.
The onus is now on all of us to be responsible. Heed the advice of the authorities to undergo self-testing before travelling or heading home to your hometown.
This is on top of complying with the current SOP, including wearing a mask and keeping your distance from other people in public areas.
Non-compliance with the SOP comes with a heavy price and some have paid with their lives. It is high time for us to strengthen the bond of unity and win this war together as a true Malaysian Family.
YEAP MING LIONG , Subang Jaya, Selangor