It’s been a little over a month since Phase 2 in Singapore started and we’re already talking about the second wave of infections and a targetted Circuit Breaker:
But as it turns out, Singapore isn’t the only country talking about it.
Across the causeway, Malaysia is talking about re-entry into MCO as well.
M’sia Might Impose Lockdown Again if Daily Cases Reach 3-Digit
On 26 Jul 2020, Senior Minister Ismail Sabri Yakob said that if the number of daily Covid-19 cases reported in Malaysia reaches 3 digits (read: 100 or over), Malaysia could enter MCO again.
“If it reaches three-digits, we have no choice but to re-introduce the MCO (to curb the spread of the pandemic) and we will see.”
This is a measure that must be taken, despite how hard it is on those who really want to work, he added.
Complacency Has Set In
Malaysia’s spike in Covid-19 cases is largely due to the complacency exhibited by members of the public in the country, he pointed out.
That sounds eerily familiar.
The public has forgotten “what needs to be done”.
The moment the authorities “eased on the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)”, the cases returned to double digits.
Citizens should be “frontliners” by “taking care of themselves, their families and their communities until the pandemic is over”.
He added that on 27 Jul 2020, the government will meet to “discuss various issues”, and whichever the outcome is, “the public must comply with the SOP then”.
Yesterday (26 July 2020), Malaysia reported 13 new Covid-19 cases, 10 of which are local transmissions. One Covid-19 patient has also died.
Let Us Rephrase For You:
We gave you guys a chance to prove you’re adults, but you’re not.
So now, the kiddie gloves are off and whatever we say, goes.
On 27 Jul, we’ll hold a meeting to decide on how best to keep you safe and if you decide not to listen to us, we will punish you.
M’sia Enforces Mask-Wearing
In case you’ve missed it, or you’re travelling home soon from Singapore since travel arrangements are settled, there are certain places you’ll have to don a mask in Malaysia or be fined RM1,000 (~S$325).
The reason why the Malaysia government didn’t enforce this rule before was out of consideration for the lower-income group in the country.
Disposable masks can only be used for three hours and it can be very financially-draining for larger families with little disposable income.
But now that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has guidelines for non-disposable masks, the government will be coming out with standards for people who want to handsewn their own masks.
The compulsory-mask-wearing rule will kick in on 1 Aug 2020 and people in Malaysia will be required to wear a mask on public transport as well as popular (read: crowded) places.
Singapore Not Out Of The Woods Yet
It’s not just Malaysia’s people who are exhibiting complacency.
Singapore’s equally bad too in certain areas.
And unless we stop being complacent (read: like that dude who organised a 20+ people badminton league), we could end up on the same boat like Malaysia.