Actor Warns of MCO For The Whole Year, Criticises Covid-19 Patient That Didn’t Go Through Quarantine

After recent news of a Covid-19 patient that admitted not going through the quarantine process, actor Jasmin Hamid had gone to call them out to stress on the severity of the issue.

Jasmin, 47, criticized the actions of said patients and called them out for being not only irresponsible but also endangering the lives of others.

She then mentioned on how this movement control order might go on if there’s more individuals as such that break the guidelines set in place by the government.

“Why are there irresponsible individuals? If you know you’re positive, please quarantine yourself befreohand because the Ministry of Health (MoH) is already not winning this battle.” she said.

“He is proud to upload his status on soclal media to let the world know that he is free to roam and spread the virus because MoH had ignored him.

“Isn’t that the end game for us that are living by the movement control order? When do we want to start being stricter at home?”

Rumor has it that the patient had done it out of protest against the Ministry of Health for not reaching out to him for further actions.

Jasmin then advised all to follow the guidelines set in place so that the government will be able to control the increasingly worrying Covid-19 pandemic. This would not only save the lives of the public but also lives of family members close to you.

“We need to work together and pray.” she said.

“Bravo to those that put themselves ahead of others, we just might be going through MCO for the rest of the year because of them”. 

Malaysians Are Confused About MCO 2.0

Since the second round of the Movement Control Order (2.0) was implemented in the entire nation except for Sarawak, Malaysians have been confused in regards to certain SOPs and have made it known on social media.

Here’s what a few of them had to say.

An edgy start would be an understatement to say the least as certain SOPs were implemented and then relaxed soon after vice versa.

MCO/RMCO/CMCO are just the least of the problems, and then there’s PKP, PKPB and also PKPP.

Amid the destruction caused by the pandemic, one man had actually called it way before the government had announced it.

Delaying the inevitable has also been a common phrase lately of the handling of this pandemic.

Nontheless, people are still going out and about doing their daily routines without care, or as one user put it…

Which brings the question of…

Malaysians were also quick to reference the situation to the state of the roads 

One also decided to share his experience of riding a packed LRT train during MCO

And to top it all off, Malaysians were rightfully confused and worried as here’s the daily new cases for the 24th of January.

Government Considering Economic Shutdown If Covid-19 Cases Don’t Improve By February 4th

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In a letter issued by the EU-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Eurocham Malaysia) to its members, an economic shutdown is set to be announced by the government if the nation’s COVID-19 cases fail to reduce by the end of MCO 2.0 on February 4th.

Authenticated by a source linked to the organization and Malay Mail, the letter describes a meeting by Eurocham Malaysia chief executive, Sven Schneider, with the International Trade and Industry Ministry (MITI). It states that the Ministry of Health (MoH) “ has made a clear stand on the matter of a complete shutdown of the economy”.

“Should the infection rate not decrease, the Malaysian government will announce a shutdown/strict lockdown immediately after February 4, 2021. This is the current situation we are facing and Miti is appealing to all companies, foreign and local, to join the effort of reducing infections, breaking the chain, to keep the economy open for business,” it mentioned further.

Schneider was to attend a the “very important and urgent meeting” at MITI on January 22nd that was chaired by the ministry’s secretary-general! Lokman Hakim Ali.

The letter also mentioned of the MOH’s belief of the manufacturing sector being the main source of infection.

“Since in particular, dormitories and related activities (transportation, social activities) were identified as problems, while manufacturing sites itself usually demonstrate sufficient compliance, Miti brainstormed together with the present chambers of commerce a few potential measures.

“While we are awaiting more information from the Ministry and since time is of the essence, we share the preliminary outcomes here with you,” the letter said.

It also urged companies to assign basic measures to curb the rise in cases, especially in the dormitories.

“Companies are requested to establish basic quarantine spaces at their dormitories to ensure that suspected cases, close contacts and confirmed Covid-19 cases can be isolated/quarantined immediately and reduce risk of further spread. Any immediate and short-term measures are welcomed to reduce infections,” the organisation said.

The dreaded daily cases record was again broken yesterday, this time with the number going up as high as 4,275 in a single day. Daily recoveries on the other hand have also reached a new high, with a reported 4,131.

Selangor and Sabah continue to top the nation’s cases while total number of active cases stands at 42,769 and confirmed cases at 180,455.

A Not So Festive Chinese New Year in Empty Shopping Malls

The whole of Peninsular Malaysia is currently under the second implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO), but decorations for the upcoming Chinese New Year holiday are still being put up in shopping malls although lacking in shoppers.

With high spikes of cases in states such as Selangor and Sabah, Malaysians are advised to rightly stay home and to refrain from any shopping trips that they may have planned prior to the festive day.

A local photographer decided to document this event even though if it means taking pictures of largely empty malls with no subject to keep his lens on. With his trusted iPhone 12 Pro Max and a tripod, Siva Kumar went out on a mission to highlight the major change the pandemic has done to once bustling shopping malls.

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These images show malls around Malaysia who are donning the usual Chinese New Year decorations at this time of month and how the consequences of the pandemic can clearly be seen in terms of business that just not having the foot traffic that they used to have.

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With majority of us unable to witness the festivity of the new year in person yet, this is perhaps the closest we could get to visualising what Chinese New Year could’ve been, for now.

PM’s Religious Affairs Department: Current LGBT Laws Not Effective, Harsher Laws Considered

The government recently announced that it does not rule out the possibility of amending the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 or Act 355 in order to prosecute members of the LGBT community more harshly.

According to Ahmad Marzuk, the deputy minister in the prime minister’s department of religious affairs, the current sentence which provides three years of prison time, RM5,000 fine and six cane strokes is considered to be not effective on people identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transexual (LGBT).

According to reports by Free Malaysia Today (FMT), he told reporters that this amendment should be deemed necessary and stern action has been taken upon those who do not dress according to their gender.

“All state religious agencies and enforcers have been instructed to take action against those (LGBT) who do not behave accordingly,” he said.

He added that it’s important that “their wrongdoings” are addressed as well.

Here’s how Malaysians reacted to the news.

Although distressed by the move, some were more worried of the government’s priorities as of during a global health pandemic.

Some also highlighted the issue of child marriage, minimum wage, and the government’s lacking towards fixing these issues instead.

Others also input their opinions to “support and respect” or “don’t support but respect nonetheless”.

American Tourist Who Moved to Bali Accused of Being Tone-Deaf with Her Twitter Thread

Bali is a top tourist destination spot for many, especially for those coming from the Western world who are in search of that white sand blue sea exotic experience, but a recent Twitter thread wrote by an American woman about her move to Bali had sparked accusations of her being tone-deaf.

A so called “digital nomad”, @kristentootie who has now went private on Twitter, intended the thread to be a guide to “how you can thrive in life”, but turned out to show the privilege she holds on to as it starts out with one simple step – book a one-way flight to Bali. She also boasts of the island she has been as she built her own graphic design business and live in a “treehouse”.

She then described this experience as the “perfect medicine” for her physical and emotional health and went on to list the benefits of living here such as, safety, low cost of living, luxury lifestyle, and the acceptance towards LGBT people.

She has since locked her account after backlash against her utilizing her privileges and also being guilty of gentrification.

Apart from that, the thread is also problematic for a number of reasons which includes the mis-labelling of Bali as LGBT-friendly when in reality, locals who are part of that community live in constant fear and are targeted by authorities and groups.

Her perception of a so called “low cost living” may be affordable for a foreigner as she talks of the US$400 rent, but little did she know that the provincial minimum wage is only about US$177.

What’s more disturbing is that she also encourages people to work their way around imposed travel restrictions during this whole pandemic to visit Bali, especially when Indonesia is trying to control the pandemic themselves.

Even though the pandemic is well present in Indonesia, she mentioned of staying there ever since the pandemic began there in March, as her plans “went out the window”.

While official policies may take sometime to take place especially during this pandemic, locals on Twitter sure weren’t waiting around to see privileged folk run their country dry of the resources.

MCO 2.0: Surprised? Not Really

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As Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced the second round of Movement Control Order (MCO), the public have responded with mixed reactions as some of them already saw it coming from far away.

According to an interview by The Star with retail marketing executive from Kuala Lumpur, Effendi Elias, he had expected MCO to be reinstated and says that it’s inevitable that it happens in the fight against Covid-19.

He had also mentioned that he had to scrap plans of wanting to ‘balik kamoug and also “I’ve been going back to see them almost every other weekend since the recovery MCO, ” he says. “Both of them are elderly so I’d like to spend as much time with them as possible, and of course see my nephew and niece (sister’s children) too, ” says Effendi.

“But understandably, with so many cases –more than 2,000 daily – we need to curb the spread of the infection so it’s necessary to implement the MCO again and I feel that the Prime Minister made the right decision, although it may be an unpopular one and some people may object, ” he says.

Effendi is just one of many that will be affected by the second round of MCO, but Malaysians had earlier already stated that they wouldn’t be surprised if MCO was reimplemented, as netizens who had took to Twitter earlier to express this.

Shannon Teoh, the Malaysia Bureau Chief for The Straits Time said that the increasing number of daily cases was a clear sign that this was going to happen and it wasn’t a matter of “if” but instead a matter of “when”.

“I think many Malaysians saw this coming, the numbers from a few hundred to a thousand to two thousand. Last week, we went past three thousand.” Teoh said in an interview with The Straits Times.

“A lot of people started talking about if further restrictions was going to be imposed. There were also word leaking out from of official sources that the health ministry had recommended returning to MCO. 

“It didn’t really come as a surprise, in fact, many people were waiting for the announcement”. 

Although the news doesn’t come as a shock, netizens were quick to point out that instead of surprising the public with the news on a fine Monday evening, the government should’ve planned for the announcement earlier as most people and especially the vulnerable would have just a day to start preparing for the lockdown-like situation.

One in particular mentioned on how MCO was announced as if it’s a birthday party.

Wong Shu Qi, the MP for Kluang, Johor also led in voicing out the timely decision made by the government’s announcement.

Some on the other hand already expect MCO to be longer than the said two weeks and are questioning the proposed two-week period instead of a longer one.

Work From Home: Expectation vs Reality

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If you haven’t start working from home yet and expect it to be a breeze when it comes about, think again as you just might be setting yourself up for disaster.

As work from home became a new norm for us throughout 2020 and perhaps even for the majority of 2021, let’s take a look at a few misconceptions of working remotely and how unrealistic expectations brings out the worst of working from home.

1) Work schedule

Expectation: “Who needs an alarm clock when I can start whenever I want to?”

Reality: You still have deadlines to meet and colleagues to communicate with. If you don’t have a set work schedule for yourself, don’t expect the same for others as work from home means more conference calls than usual now that everyone is not seeing each other in the office anymore.

2) Resting hours

Expectation: “Yeah I’ll stop working whenever I want, who’s here to stop me from taking a day off anyway”

Reality: You won’t be calling it a week on Thursday and give yourself an early weekend. In fact, you might find work hours overlap with your resting hours since work and rest are all in the same space. Tasks that aren’t done before the weekend might just roll on over and take up your resting days, get a solid understanding of how you can maximize productivity while you’re still in the week.

3) Work-life balance doesn’t exist at home

Expectation: “I feel more productive today, I think I might as well work throughout the night while at home”

Reality: Burnouts happen whether you’re overworking in the office or at home. Take time off occasionally to tend to your own well-being and life when you find yourself taking off more than can chew. While overworking can be a might convenience, it is far too easy to slip into the dark hole of overworking yourself to the extremes.

4) Distractions

Expectation: “Home is so quiet, there should be lesser distractions for me when compared to the annoying co-workers I have in the office”

Reality: Even an everyday object such as a flowerpot is enough to stray your attention away from work. Don’t underestimate your senses as the teeniest tiniest bit is enough to break your focus, this reflects much more especially when you have pets that are constantly on the run or simply doing nothing, laying there in all that cuteness.

5) Alone time

Expectation: “Imagine all that I can get done with all this alone time! This is the ultimate work experience!”

Reality: Too much alone time may be the reality we are facing now, but it might just be the bit that breaks us as well during this whole pandemic situation. With long periods of time spent at home, face-to-face interaction is often taken for granted until one realizes of the overwhelming quietness of long periods without human interaction. 

How to Survive A Flood, 3 Things That Could Save Your Life

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As thousands are evacuated while rain continues to pour down on already flooded areas in peninsular Malaysia, casualties continue to rise along with the roads we don’t get to drive on anymore.

There are many things that you should and shouldn’t do whenever caught in a flood. Here are 3 things that you absolutely should do to ensure that you’ll survive.

1) Stay informed

If you know of bad weather that is going to take place soon and of the areas that are going to be flooded, have a plan on where to evacuate to and prepare yourself. Bring in outdoor furniture and move important indoor items to the highest possible floor.

It’ll also be best if you disconnect electrical appliances and turn off your gas as this will all help prevent fires and explosions. In the event of a flood, know the basics of moving to higher ground and to avoid walking through flood waters as just 30 centimeters of water is enough to sweep your vehicle away.

2) Prepare for the worst

A disaster kit prepared well in advance could be a life-saver for when majority of what you need is underwater or swept away. Put together supplies made up of basic items and necessities as you may need to survive on your on after flooding happens. A few of those items would be water, food, emergency supplies and also communication devices.

Other supplies would be basic services such as electricity, or even gas as you might be cut off for days or even a week. Your supplies should be enough for you to survive this period.

3) Turn around, don’t drown

It’s that simple. If you see a flood and want to survive, turn around and don’t drown. Don’t attempt to walk or drive through flood waters as 15 centimeters of moving water can knock you down while 30 centimeters of water is enough to sweep your vehicle away. 

Only return when the authorities say it’s safe; even with that, you have to be aware of debris and any harmful objects on the ground brought by the floods.

Bukit Aman: Driving Through Flooded Roads Could End in Disaster

As rain continues to pour down on major parts of Peninsular Malaysia, states such as Pahang and Johor have seen flooding for almost days now.

At just the beginning of the year, many are rushing to start of their year with work and to get on with their lives after the year end break, even if it means driving dangerously through flooded roads.

If you’re thinking about doing so the next time you come across a flooded road, perhaps think again, as motorists are advised to no take the risk of driving their vehicle throough flooded roads.

According to Bukit Aman Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department (JSPT) director Datuk Azisman Alias, the public must emphasize their safety since many major highways and small-town roads were flooded and the strong flood currents are a danger to all road users.

“Road users need to be careful and do not take the risk of continuing with their journey if the roads they are travelling on are under water.

“Be careful during this flood season. If there is no need to go out, just stay at home,” he said when contacted by Bernama.

As reported by Bernama, a man was believed to have been swept away with his vehicle at Batu 18 Jalan Kluang Kahang after helping his wife to get out of a flooding car as they cointnued driving down a flooded road.

On top of that, several videos on social media showed how various drivers brave the waters in their trucks and Myvi-sized cars; it is important to mention that more than half of these videos resulted in the vehicles being swept away by the flood’s current as well.