What can we do? What must we do?
The COVID-19 virus is a global pandemic that has recently increased its presence in Malaysia, which has resulted in the Goverment imposing the Movement Restriction Order. For many Malaysians, the fight against the virus has suddenly become a reality for us. What can we do to contribute? Or more importantly, what must we do to not make matters worse? Here are some pointers.
Not just because you can be fined or jailed if you are found outside, but because the virus spreads very easily and can kill the elderly or the immunocompromised. If the virus continues to spread, the national healthcare system will not be able to save the additional victims, and the goverment will have to take more extreme measures to bring the situation under control.
All non-essential premises have been ordered to close. Your neighbourhood parks, streets and other natural attractions may look like they are still open, but do not go there as you will encourage other people to break the Movement Restriction Order and further spread the virus. Exercise and enjoy nature only within your own compound.
If you wish to help, make sure the sickly, elderly, disabled or poor within your neighbourhood have the supplies they need to last through the Movement Restriction Order. Some are unable to get their supplies due to the dangers involved, or some cannot buy supplies as they can only eat if they can work. Identify the people you know who fall into these categories, and give them a call to offer help and reassure them.
Many Malaysians are still disobeying the order, resulting in the Goverment taking more drastic measures. Remind them that their actions will cause harm to others, use facts and figures, use personal stories, but dont forget to be courteous and polite.
Let us not just aim to survive, but to be better.