Today marks the return to familiarity for most Malaysians, as the government resumes activities in the economic, social, religious and education sectors in stages. For the first time in almost three months, we finally have a semblance of what life used to be like pre Covid-19. A life i’m sure not many will ever take for granted again.
While the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) has lifted many of the restrictions brought about by the first iteration of the MCO, it is still essentially a movement control order. Malaysia has done exceptionally well in it’s fight against Covid-19 and up till today, we still boast one of the best recovery rates in the world.
Believe it or not, we’ve set an example for the rest of the planet here. Heck, some white dude even made one of those nasdaily type videos about how well we’ve dealt with the pandemic. We find ourselves in this unfamiliar position of actually being the country that people want to emulate. (I know, it’s weird right? Just.. you know, don’t panic.. cuz we totes got this..yeah..totally!)
Oftentimes, we’re guilty of complaining about how the grass is greener in another country like the US or Japan but let’s be real here, the US is not exactly the best place to be right now. Although we’ve had minor hiccups here and there, our Director-General of Health Dato’ Seri Dr. Noor Hisham bin Abdullah has shown competence rarely seen from someone who holds a position of influence in this country.
Special mentions have to go out to all of our front liners for working tirelessly as well as the Malaysian government for implementing measures to flatten the curve, it’s all rather impressive given the nature of how they came into power.
All that being said, we’re not actually any closer to being victorious in our fight against the virus. It’s still out there, and complacency will absolutely cost us. Just look at PSG vs Barca. Leading 4-0 after the first leg, they got their asses whooped 6-1 in the return fixture and have never fully recovered from it.
With restrictions loosened, the onus remains on us to ensure that Malaysia’s Covid-19 numbers stay at the plateau that it’s now at. If we take our foot off the gas, it’s back to shops closing at 6pm and long ass lines at the supermarket. We don’t want that, do we?
We’ve shown a sense of maturity unseen in so called first world countries by abiding (mostly abiding at least) to the restrictions and SOPs implemented by the government, and I cannot stress enough the importance of that continuing.
We talk about how worried we are about the economy, or how people are getting let go left right and centre. but the reality is that our compliance to SOPs will actually hasten economic growth and in turn, reduce the unemployment rate, even if it may not seem like it at first.
Remember the responsibilities we have not just to our loved ones but also to our country during this RMCO period. As cliché as it all sounds, we all have a part to play in this. By now, things such as social distancing, frequent washing of hands, using a sanitiser and wearing a mask should be second nature to us.
And then there’s the MOH’s advice to avoid the 3Cs and observe the 3Ws. I know, it’s like the 3 R’s of recycling but i’m telling you in 50 years from now our kids are going to hate us for not adhering to it, you wait.
The 3Cs to avoid are crowded places, confined spaces and close conversations while the 3Ws refer to washing hands frequently, wearing a mask in public places and the warning by MOH to stay at home and only go out if it is necessary.
Sounds simple enough, right? That’s because it is, and together we can actually make a difference. Now’s the time to set an example for not just our children but for our country because the sad reality is that only we can screw this up at this point, so let’s not do that.. because really, not having someone to blame sucks.