5 Scenarios During COVID-19 Outbreak in Malaysia
Covid-19 is officially declared as a pandemic by WHO. What is Covid-19? If you’ve been living under the rock lately, Covid-19 is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Currently, Malaysia is experiencing a huge second wave of Covid-19 with a total of 673 cases, including 2 death cases which was reported. The government has finally announced ‘Restriction Movement’ to the whole nation, starting from 18 – 31 March 2020. So, what are the scenarios right now in Malaysia after the announcement? Here are the 5 common scenarios we can see from our day to day life now: –
- Panic Buying at all Groceries Stores
- ‘Degil’ Uncles & Aunties
- Price Spikes on Face Mask & Hand Sanitizers
- Rushing to Balik Kampung During Restriction Movement
- Malaysia Has Risen To The Next Level
1. Panic Buying at all Groceries Stores
Why do people buy everything off the shelves after the announcement? They could be really worried that there wouldn’t be food or daily necessities available during the period of the ‘Restriction Movement.’ Or, even they are just following the crowd. With the Malaysians having a ‘slight kiasu’ genes (you know who has the most genes *wink*), they would grasp the chances of not getting left behind. Emptied aisles of tissue papers, instant noodles, frozen food, etc can be seen at all the supermarkets. But our advice is, don’t overeat instant food guys. You may end up in the hospital, not because of Covid-19 but overdosing on sodium. Be kind & don’t hoard all for yourselves, leave some for those who need them too. Sharing is caring & we believe God will see our kindness & lift His punishment off us.
2. ‘Degil’ Uncles & Aunties
We normally called out the youngsters to be ‘degil’ (stubborn) because they don’t like to listen to the elderly. But now, we are experiencing ‘degil’ uncles & aunties instead! DBKL has been making rounds to many ‘kopitiams’ (coffee shops) to clear off the area where uncles & aunties always ‘yumcha’ and have their usual morning chats every day. We hope those uncles & aunties will listen to the professionals’ advice as they are actually at a higher risk of getting infected. It wouldn’t worth the risk just because they can’t get used to stay at home the entire day, but it’s only for 14 days! Be good, listen to us & 14 days will pass by with the speed of the wind.
3. Price spike on Face Masks & Hand Sanitizers
Clearly, some humans are great at making money. These items are highly sought after globally when Covid-19 happened. While we are helpless on how to avoid getting infected, these items could at least help a little to provide some protection to some. But with the price increasing more than 10 times, how could some people afford to buy? We certainly do not agree with the fact that people are making money while risking other people’s lives. Other than helping others to survive, they limit the source to help with survival. The government has come out with a price control imposed on face masks. We hope this could control the inhuman acts by those sellers.
4. Rushing to ‘Balik Kampung’ during Restriction Movement
While many Malaysians haven’t gone through any pandemics or lockdowns before, we hope the government could educate us more on what or what not to do during the Restriction Movement period. Many have flocked back to their ‘kampung’ (hometown) after the announcement was made. While we have to understand some people aren’t locals, we are pretty sure the Restriction Movement is to control and clear public places so citizens can stay at home, distancing from everyone to avoid possible contact with those who were infected with Covid-19. It turned out that Malaysians know nothing about distancing from each other but going to the bus/train stations to get back to their hometown. Netizens were seen posting pictures of crowded BTS & congested highways yesterday, where this may increase the number of cases in just one night. For those who work away from your hometown, please stay at your rented home for 2 weeks. It is better to do this than going back to your hometown without realizing you’ve been infected & then spread to others. Be a responsible citizen.
5. Malaysia has risen to the next level
The world was panicking with the rising cases of virus & Malaysia was panicking because we didn’t have government for 1 week! Our beloved Tun M resigned as our PM on 24th February 2020, it wasn’t until the 1st of March 2020 that our new PM, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has taken over. Not only that we have our PM changed but also our government during the chaos with Covid-19. Rakyat remained calm & collected, & the transition happened peacefully. This showed unity & trust within the nation, we need to give ourselves a pat on the back (no handshake or hugs please)! Totally next level of calmness & trust!
We hope people in Malaysia & over the world will remain calm & responsible during this hard time. We believe in kindness will be repaid the same way. We trust humanity still exist and will continue to spread more love than the virus.