KUALA LUMPUR: Consumers adore gross sales that provide good bargains and reductions of as much as 70 per cent or extra.
Many shops in purchasing centres and even well-known boutiques within the Klang Valley are at present providing engaging value cuts to tempt the general public who don’t wish to miss out on the chance to get the gadgets they need.
Nicely, I’m no totally different. Garments initially priced at tons of of ringgit at the moment are going for lower than RM100 at a well-known boutique in a purchasing advanced within the Klang Valley and I deliberate to get just a few of their outfits so as to add to my assortment.
I made a decision to go to the boutique on a weekday to keep away from the weekend crowd however boy, was I in for a shock! It was a weekday, thoughts you, however the boutique I wished to patronise, in addition to different shops within the mall, had been chock-a-block with customers.
To my horror, not a single individual was observing bodily distancing. I requested myself if they’ve forgotten that our nation shouldn’t be out of the woods but and continues to be grappling with the Covid-19 pandemic.
I spoke casually to 2 of the salesgirls who labored on the aforementioned boutique to search out out why they weren’t imposing the usual working procedures (SOP) set by the federal government to curb the unfold of the lethal coronavirus.
“Individuals don’t appear to be bothered concerning the SOP. And, we get scolded after we remind our prospects concerning the SOP,” certainly one of them instructed me.
“We tried to get them to watch bodily distancing by solely permitting a restricted variety of customers into the shop nevertheless it was not doable for us to watch them on a regular basis as we don’t have that many staff right here. Every of us is busy attending to our prospects and getting them the best dimension, color, and many others.”
It does appear to be many individuals (not all) have gotten more and more complacent and behaving as if Malaysia is free from the pandemic. They’re paying no heed to the hazard posed by Covid-19 and are gleefully patronising crowded locations. What’s extra, additionally they have their youngsters and aged members of the family in tow.
However I’ve observed that usually, the general public has no problem about masking up, sporting both a reusable material or surgical three-ply masks. Sadly, for some motive or different, many individuals seem to have forgotten the significance of practising bodily distancing particularly in terms of two of their favorite actions – eating out and purchasing.
Check out any restaurant or stall. The brand new regular is virtually inexistent in lots of eateries the place their patrons may be seen consuming and consuming fortunately and chatting for hours.
I believe Well being director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah might be foaming on the mouth, having repeatedly reminded the general public to keep away from the 3Cs, specifically crowded locations, confined areas and shut conversations. However his recommendation appear to be falling on deaf ears as many individuals on the market are ignoring it.
Not too long ago, I visited a meals court docket at a shopping center within the Klang Valley the place a well-liked stall specialising in bean sprouts-based dishes is situated.
Right here, the tables and chairs are organized shut to 1 one other in a U form with the chef cooking proper in entrance of them. I refused to patronise this stall as there was no social distancing in any respect among the many diners who had been having fun with the antics of the chef as he confirmed off his cooking abilities.
Whereas the stall proprietor and his prospects had been blissfully oblivious to the hazard posed by Covid-19, I, however, was apprehensive concerning the scenario. Is the stall proprietor so obsessive about making earnings that he’s prepared to throw warning to the wind by not arranging the tables in compliance with the one-metre bodily distancing ruling? And, what concerning the prospects who’re appearing as if they’re completely assured the people sitting subsequent to them will not be Covid-19 carriers?
Sure, Senior Minister (Safety Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob had stated underneath new dine-in guidelines launched on Dec 7, there isn’t a restrict to the quantity of people that can sit at a desk in a restaurant, besides in areas which are underneath Enhanced Motion Management Order, however he confused that bodily distancing have to be noticed.
I really feel the federal government relaxed the dine-in guidelines to permit households to eat out collectively. It’s, nonetheless, not advisable to share a desk with individuals we’re not conversant in as they could possibly be asymptomatic or silent carriers of the Covid-19 virus.
The general public should perceive that final month’s easing of the SOPs was geared toward hanging a stability between public well being and financial restoration measures.
It was not the inexperienced gentle for the individuals to return to their regular lifestyle because the Covid-19 pandemic is way from over. Practically one yr has handed because the first case was detected in Malaysia on Jan 25, 2020, and the virus continues to be lurking in our group.
Many individuals could also be relieved that just a few Covid-19 vaccines have already emerged however that doesn’t give them the licence to ignore the SOPs.
It’s understood that Malaysia will acquire its first batch of vaccines in February this yr which will probably be used to inoculate high-risk teams similar to frontliners and senior residents.
As of Jan 4, Malaysia has signed to acquire 12.eight million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Our nation may also obtain 6.Four million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from different suppliers.
Science, Expertise and Innovation Deputy Minister Ahmad Amzad Hashim was reported as saying that the vaccines wouldn’t result in side-effects over the long-term as they’ve been clinically examined.
He stated the vaccines could be monitored by the Nationwide Pharmaceutical Regulatory Company underneath the Ministry of Well being however cautioned that the general public must proceed practising the brand new regular lifestyle.
In response to virologist and director of Universiti Malaya’s Tropical Infectious Illnesses Analysis and Training Centre Prof Dr Sazaly Abu Bakar, the SOPs can’t be compromised even when one has been vaccinated.
Inoculation is necessary because the vaccine can stop an infection or development of Covid-19. Nonetheless, our battle towards our silent enemy will probably be extra pragmatic if we proceed to watch the brand new norms.
That is the place all of us play a significant function to not solely defend ourselves but in addition our households by not exposing them to the chance of an infection.Briefly, don’t exit should you don’t should. — Bernama
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