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Should Malaysia Go Into Another Total Lockdown?

Should Malaysia Go Into Another Total Lockdown?

Its been 484 days since the first case of Covid-19 was found in Malaysia.

Akmal Hakim

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“Should Malaysia go into another total lockdown to control the spread of Covid-19 nationwide?” seems to be the question on many people’s minds this week as the outbreaks continue 484 days after the first infection was detected in the country.

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Yesterday (17 May) saw 4,446 people confirmed positive for the virus as well as the tragic death of 45 people from the disease in a single day – the highest death toll we’ve recorded from coronavirus thus far.

Faced with fatigue, many Malaysians chose to make a stand on social media to argue the merits of a total or complete lockdown.

Some even took to hitting up the Health Ministry’s (KKM) official channels voicing their request for the enforcement of a total lockdown nationwide.

In response, KKM said that it had ‘forwarded’ such pleas to the National Security Council (MKN) for consideration.

Discourse on Twitter reveals that netizens share the opinion that a complete shutdown of all non-essential economic activities for a minimum period of 21 days would do the country well.

Much like what we experienced during MCO 1.0 back in April 2020, they concurred that a total lockdown coupled with mass testings and other efforts is the way to go for the country to bring infection numbers down and put a stop to outbreaks.

However, figures like the Health Director-General (DG) Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah seem to hint at a different direction for the country.

Referencing an article from World of Buzz, the DG pointed out how empty the streets of Taipei in Taiwan were, as its denizens stayed home during times of Covid-19 outbreaks and practised ‘self-lockdowns’ without needing their government dictating for them to do so.

Though there are those who agree with the DG’s perspective of self-imposed lockdowns, others however seem to disagree.

In their rebuttal, netizens pointed out that without the government providing oversight and aid, it has proven difficult for Malaysians to simply stay at home.

Many argued that ‘self-lockdowns’ were impossible with people needing to go to work as the economy continues to operate as usual.

Some also stated that the confusing SOPs and double standards in the enforcement of Covid-19 rules are to blame for people’s exhaustion.


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