As Malaysia heads into day one of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO), looser restrictions see more cars on the road and businesses reopening. With the consensus on the CMCO being split, the reopening of pawn shops brings a whole new perspective to the situation at hand.
The economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic has been talked about in detail in recent months, but talking about it doesn’t really have the same impact of seeing its effects with your own eyes. As pawn shops reopen, hundreds of Malaysians can be seen lining up to pawn their family heirlooms just to be able to survive.
Just head on over to your nearest pawn shop to get a first hand look at the real life consequences that comes with the economy grinding to an abrupt halt. While it may be too soon for the government to loosen MCO restrictions, the CMCO could not have come soon enough for the many who are lining up outside pawn shops.
Just because lockdown measures has been loosened that doesn’t mean we have to go out unnecessarily. Now’s the time to show the world that Malaysians are at least somewhat intelligent. You may not feel it right now, but an economic reckoning is coming and it does not discriminate between age, race or religion.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re for or against the CMCO, let’s all do our parts by only leaving the house if we really need to.