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Malaysians Share Frustrations & Anxieties Over MCO3.0

Malaysians Share Frustrations & Anxieties Over MCO3.0

While most Malaysians seem unhappy about the MCO3.0 announcement, the lockdown itself appears to be necessary.

Akmal Hakim

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Confusion, frustration and disappointment were some of the emotions expressed by Malaysians following the announcement of a nationwide Movement Control Order (MCO) by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on Monday evening (10 May).

Set to take place between 12 May to 7 June, ‘MCO3.0’ essentially limits inter-district and interstate travel, prohibits social gathering, re-implements the Work From Home (WFH) policy for white-collar Malaysians as well as provides newer guidelines for Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations.

The PM, in an online statement, writes that the lockdown was necessary to combat the spread of Covid-19 in the country.

As netizens continued to converse on social media, many like political artist Fahmi Reza took shots at Muhyiddin’s administration for relaying such important news via a five-page document posted to social media and messaging platforms.

Others like DAP Secretary General Lim Guan Eng chose to criticize the government’s choice to ‘u-turn’ on its previous decision not to implement a nationwide MCO.

Some, like Muar MP Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman addressed pressing concerns regarding the lockdown – suggesting that an automatic moratorium relief plan should be made available with the implementation of the MCO to aid the rakyat.

He also called the government out on its promised distribution of laptops to school students who would be re-starting home-based Teaching and Learning (PdPR) soon.

Meanwhile, figures such as Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh request a review of some of MCO3.0’s guidelines.

She asks that the government consider the upcoming Aidilfitri celebration to allow for family members to visit their relative’s graves if health and safety can be assured.

Despite ongoing arguments, those like Malaysia Digital Economy Corp (MDEC) Chairman Datuk Dr Rais Hussin Mohamed Ariff share the common opinion that an MCO was necessary to bring Covid-19 numbers under control.

However, many share frustrations and anxieties over the government’s handling of the pandemic and what’s instore for the people in the future.

Presently, Malaysia records 444,484 confirmed cases of Covid-19 with 37,396 active infections.

In hospitals in the Klang Valley and in Johor, intensive care unit (ICU) wards are at 100% capacity or more, while at other hospitals across the country they are at 70% capacity.

READ MORE: Klang Valley Hospitals Now At Maximum Capacity

And things could get even worse.

Recent figures released by the Health Ministry (KKM) also forecasts that if outbreaks continue to spread, we could have as many as 5,000 daily infections by the end of May if SOP is not followed.

(DGHisham/Twitter)

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