Malaysians rushed to pay their discounted JPJ summons at the risk of their own health.
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The Road Transport Department (JPJ)’s mySIKAP system was experiencing accessibility issues since 1.30 pm today (9 December) when Malaysians flocked to the website to pay their summons and to make full use of the discount.
This is stemmed from the previous announcement by JPJ that there would be 80% discounts on outstanding summons by JPJ and the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) from 9 to 12 December, in conjunction with the 100-Day Aspirasi Keluarga Malaysia celebration.
Initially, Malaysians are encouraged to pay their summons via JPJ’s MySikap portal and PDRM’s MyBayar Saman portal.
With JPJ’s MySikap system going down, Malaysians have no choice but to pay in person at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) counter, police headquarters, JPJ kiosks or Urban Transformation Centres.
Unsurprisingly, this in turn caused a huge crowd to gather in those places.
Photos and videos showing the crowd that has gathered inside the main exhibition hall at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre drew concerns online.
I was there and it’s crazy pic.twitter.com/3OUJMHSlm0— Sheryn Netto (@Miss_Netto) December 9, 2021
It was like this outside before the event launching ceremony started.— Hariz Mohd (@HarizMohdWrites) December 9, 2021
Next tweet will show inside the hall/exhibition area. pic.twitter.com/V1JtmCTnXy
Netizens remarked that the crowds and the close proximity to each other will only encourage the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
trying to raise the infection rate for 2nd darurat ?— Julian Putra (@ketuakampong) December 9, 2021
I have no idea why the government thinks this sort of mass gathering is necessary at all to celebrate "keluarga Malaysia". Sama-sama dapat covid?— Luna (@sym_luna) December 9, 2021
what a fucking disaster…. pic.twitter.com/SoLwVuvD9N— 🏳️🌈 Shamaa Koussa 🏳️🌈 (@ShamaaKoussa) December 9, 2021
Another person sarcastically said a family that doesn’t follow the standard operating procedures together will get Covid-19 together.
A keluarga malaysia that doesnt SOP together, gets covid together 💙💙💙🎉🎉🎉— Næva VerScree 🎮🏳️🌈 (@NaevaVS) December 9, 2021
Things looked similar outside a police station at Jalan Tun HS Lee. A netizen shared a photo showing the long line of people waiting outside the police station.
Traffic Police station at jln hs lee also full of people.. pic.twitter.com/4qZohxT7pQ— SC Lawan Zalim (@kewsicheng90) December 9, 2021
A netizen asked whether people really thought the pandemic is over in Malaysia.
Wahhhh Malaysia dah bebas covid ke?— Arvin Kumar (@AK_arvinkumar) December 9, 2021
Based on the images and videos shared online, it sure looked like a lot of people aren’t worried about getting infected anymore.
Nevertheless, we should all still heed the standard operating procedures and take the necessary steps to protect ourselves.