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COVID-19: Don't Panic but be Prudent, Malaysians

We went out to get dinner outside yesterday without knowing much about the 'lockdown' in Malaysia. It was a pretty sad sight out there. Restaurants that remained open had their tables and chairs folded. 

"Only takeout was allowed, no dining in", said the mamak. 

The night before, my parents and I went to a hypermarket to get our usual supply of stuff - you know...instant noodles, rice, meat, vegetables, etc...and at first, we thought it was fine. Everything looked normal at first glance....until we walked into the produce section. 

The only two packets of instant noodles left on the shelves were vegetarian and looked really lonely. There were only a few stalks of vegetables left in one section, and the meat section was almost completely wiped out. 

Ah least there was still cheap toilet paper left. Till this very moment, I have no idea why people were panic-buying toilet paper. Someone, please enlighten me. 

For dinner last night, no thanks to my own indifference to the news (I was flattened out by the sheer number of warnings and news floating about out there that I tuned it out), we ended up eating in the car after buying some food from Family Mart. 

How refreshing. 

Honestly, I am still confused about whether we should order takeout or rely on delivery food services

Or are we supposed to starve? I don't know anymore. 

The problem is this - we know what we're supposed to do to stay safe in the face of the advent threat of Covid-19 but are the people prepping our food adhering to the rules set out?

A couple of days ago, we were still in the safe zone with a few hundreds of people being confirmed COVID-19 cases. Now, there is a sudden spike and it's alarming. 

We went from a few hundred cases to nearing a thousand cases

I know close to nothing about the Tabligh gathering at Masjid Jamek that's been blamed for the sudden outbreak but it seems pretty irresponsible to me. Even worse, some people who attended the event refused to be tested

Holy S---T.


I know we're nowhere near the state China or Italy is in right now but do we want to wait till then before we actually take this seriously. 

I am not asking everyone to go out and grab instant noodles and toilet paper off other shoppers' shopping carts but be reasonable about it. 

At the point of writing this article, we're closing in on four-digits. Please don't wait until we're at five-digits before the facts sink in. 

Be prudent and stay safe everyone!
Wishing you all the best,


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