“Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.”-Henry Ford
Are you one of the people who comply with the government’s instructions during the Movement Control Order (MCO) and Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO)? Malaysian population consists of people of various cultures and ethnicities, with Chinese, Malay and Indian as the three main ethnic groups. There have been a lot of questions about the unity among Malaysians due to its cultural diversity. Nevertheless, we can see the solidarity and cooperation of Malaysians from this COVID-19 crisis. All Malaysians are working together to strive through this pandemic. It is also great to see that there is no act of violence by the community against the order of government.
Usually, there are a lot of people who hang out with friends, shop, travel and so on. In contrast, we can see that people are cooperating as there seems to be less of them going outside and gathering during MCO. Have you ever seen Malaysia streets without anyone or even any moving vehicles at night? It was the very first time in my life seeing such a phenomenon, and I believe that this is also the first time for many people. It is as if our country has fallen asleep, and the night view of the quiet city is so beautiful.
Next, we can also see that most businesses ranging from roadside stalls to large corporations and companies are cooperating by temporarily closing. As for those which provide essential services, they have also been trying their best to follow the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) in their daily business operations. For example, food & beverage services only provide take-away services and use different methods (e.g. removing the tables and chairs in dining sections) to ensure that their customers are unable to dine-in. Besides that, they also record the body temperature of customers and prepare hand sanitizer for them. During the recent CMCO period, restaurants that provide dine-in service also work hard to maintain a safe distance between tables and seats in their restaurants to ensure a minimum of one-meter distance in between.
It is often said that humans are selfish and self-interest driven beings who will not help others without personal gains or benefits. However, we can see the cooperation among Malaysians especially within their own respective neighbourhood during the period of MCO and CMCO. For instance, there are many elderlies who do not know how to cook and are unable to drive out from their houses to buy daily necessities due to the movement control imposed. Under such circumstances, it is grateful that they receive help from kind people who are willing to help by buying and delivering those items. Besides that, there are also some residents’ associations that provide a few pieces of free masks to their residents. Throughout this period, there are some red zones which were locked down by the militaries and policemen. People within those areas are restricted from leaving the area. It can be seen that some people are willing to help them by buying them necessities needed and deliver them from the outside of locked down areas.
MCO was being imposed since 18th March 2020 and later on CMCO up till now. We have not fully succeeded in defeating the COVID-19 as there are still new confirmed cases of COVID-19 every day and at the moment, a lot of COVID-19 patients are still receiving treatment in hospitals. However, it is thankful to see all Malaysians are working together towards a common goal: Victory over COVID-19! At this crucial time, it is important for us to keep up with our cooperative attitude despite the loosening of certain restrictions now (i.e. CMCO). Please remember to practice appropriate precautions such as reducing outside activities, only go out if it is necessary, sanitize and wash your hands regularly, cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze and so on. I believe that as a result, we will see the decrease in the rate of confirmed cases of COVID-19 which eventually leads to the day when the number of the new case is 0. Last but not least, all thanks to Malaysians for your cooperation and let us stay united in moving towards victory.
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An Chi is currently an undergraduate psychology student at HELP University. She is interested in understanding the thoughts, feelings, and behavior of people. She also hopes to further her study in the master’s program so that she can use her knowledge to help people who are facing mental health problems.