By Aufa Mardhiah
On the previous May 1st, we celebrated Labour Day not just in Malaysia but all around the world. This year’s Labour Day was definitely quite special and was celebrated differently because this year we can give all the credits to the ones working during and through this Covid-19 pandemic outbreak. In Malaysia more specifically, we celebrated all the front-liners and the delivery guys for their duties during these Movement Control Order (MCO) and Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) regardless.
It was not only celebrated by the working class but also by the students. Considering that the condition is getting worse, many industries took the measure of temporarily halting their businesses including the education institutions.
Source: New Straits Times
For City University respectively, students are currently having their semester break that started on the 4th and will end on 22nd May before continuing on their breaks for Raya festival break from the 25th to 29th May. Like it or not we are now adapting to new norms due this unprecedented outbreak. Now we can see that working adults are working from home, students are studying from home and even entrepreneurs are resorting to online platforms quite vigorously for the survival of their businesses.
Following the government’s order on May 1st regarding economic sectors and business activities to resume operations, the city is beginning to swarm with people but still there are strict conditions that must be complied with and we are no exception.
Source: New Straits Times
For instance, those who have started working in the office are advised to wear face mask, use hand sanitizer, maintain social distance of at least one meter with their respective colleagues, reduced face to face meetings and limit few departments to operate in a building compared to before. Furthermore, the MCO phase four took place on the month of Ramadan so the working hours has been reduced and this can also be seen as one of the prevention measures at the workplace.
For the education sector, in order to keep students safe, all classes will be held online. For the time being all schools including primary and secondary will not be open until further notice when it is believed that the country is on the path to recovery. Hence all the big exams like Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR), Peperiksaan Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM), Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM), Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia (STAM) dan Sijil Vokasional Malaysia was announced being put on hold for 2020.
Besides that, our daily routine has also changed. From being able to go out and do recreation we are advised strictly to stay at home and do indoor activities. This also goes for grocery shopping; only the head of household were allowed to do grocery shopping but after the implementation of CMCO this condition has been slightly eased that allows two people from a household to go out for grocery shopping.
In terms of travel before this, drivers of each car were only allowed to be out from 6.00 am to 10.00 pm but now maximum of 4 members from a family or people from the same house may go out together in the same car with no time restriction. Those who were stranded too long in the village were also allowed to come back to the city but do take in mind that cross-country travel is still not allowed except for the purpose of attending work. This time it is much easier to come back home because there are no more roadblocks and citizens are no longer needed to fill in forms thanks to the newly developed apps from Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM) called Gerak Malaysia.