WE, the undersigned patients, former patients, non-government organisations, public health professionals and individuals express concern over the government’s recent announcement to introduce a conditional movement control order (CMCO) on May 12.
It would have been better if the recent announcement was made for implementation after May 12 as part of life post-MCO. That would have given at least a week for preparation.
Due to the incalculable sacrifices made by the thousands of people delivering Malaysia’s essential services in hospitals, clinics, at roads, roadblocks, markets and offices, the country has made remarkable progress in the Covid-19 public health emergency and achieved results which are the envy of many countries in the region and around the world.
Though more than a hundred people have died, lives have also been saved. Thousands have already recovered from being infected, and have returned home to their families and loved ones.
However, this achievement has come at a tremendous price.
Everyone has been hurt by the imposition of the MCO. The impact to the economy has been severe. People have lost jobs, livelihoods of families and communities have been jeopardised. Poor mental health and a lack of physical activity have increased conflict, depression and caused suffering.
We definitely need to gradually relax the restrictions and ensure that we are able to go back to life, to work and to rebuild.
However, we are concerned that these achievements could be lost if there is not enough investment in time ensuring that people are sufficiently prepared to protect themselves, families, places of work and communities.
There is a real risk of successive waves of Covid-19 infection as a result of non- compliance and misunderstanding of the standard operating procedures (SOPs) due to the lack of preparation time.
This could result in Malaysia moving from this MCO to another one potentially in a couple of months. We cannot afford that.
There seems to be an overdependence on and expectation that SOPs will solve problems without first investing in ensuring that communities, businesses and the public are briefed and trained on them. There must be sufficient time for businesses and people to prepare to ensure proper compliance and adherence.
Successful adherence requires proper understanding and preparation. Two days is not enough time.
Employers and employees of offices, retail and food shop outlets and other places of work are not likely to be adequately briefed and trained on the specifics of disease prevention according to their work location.
Everyone should be proactive in making serious preparations to reopen businesses and workplaces. The Ministry of Health, other government agencies and healthcare professionals should be able to offer guidance and enforcement, but we must take personal responsibility to make our homes, offices and businesses Covid-19 safe.
Lack of preparation will result in unsuccessful implementation of the SOPs, increased risks, frustration, conflict, public tension, and most importantly, increased infection and spread of the disease.
We hope that the government will consider these concerns and ensure that our sacrifices for the past four months will not be in vain. – May 2, 2020.
* This statement has 359 signatories.
1. Prof Dr Roslina Abdul Manap 2. Prof Dr Nur Aishah Taib 3. Associate Prof. Dr Nirmala Bhoo
Pathy 4. Dr Amar-Singh HSS 5. Dato Dr Bhupinder Singh 6. Dr Anantbir Kaur 7. Dr Anjalai Pathmalingam 8. Dr Chandriga Marimuthu 9. Dr Darshan Singh Harnam Singh 10. Dr Harbinder Gill 11. Dr Harbinder Kaur Gill 12. Dr Jeyaratnam Ratnavale 13. Dr Jeyashree Jacob 14. Dr John Teo Beng Ho 15. Dr Kelvin Yii Lee Wuen (Bandar Kuching) 16. Dr Kok Tack Sang 17. Dr Kong Chee Kwan 18. Dr Lau Yoke Chin 19. Dr Lee Kai Chi 20. Dr Lim Lye Keun 21. Dr Looi Kwok Wah 22. Dr Mior Mohd Yusuf Adnan 23. Dr Mohazmi Mohamed 24. Dr Mohd Ediamin Suhaimi. 25. Dr Nabilah Mohamad 26. Dr Nagammai 27. Dr Natasha Rusli 28. Dr Nur Amani Ahmad Tajuddin 29. Dr Ong Seong Aun 30. Dr Rathan Singh Indar Singh 31. Dr Razimah Hanim Abu Zarim 32. Dr Shobha Sharma 33. Dr Shreen 34. Dr Sorana 35. Dr Srikumaran Samy 36. Dr Subatra Jayaraj 37. Dr Sukdershan 324Singh 38. Dr Teoh Tee Ming 39. Dr Vikkineshwaran Siva Subramaniam, Malaysian Medics International 40. Dr Wong Kum Weng 41. Dr Wong Woan Yiing 42. Dr Amarjeet Kaur Menender Singh 43. Dr Fairuz A’shikin Abd Kadir, O&G AWCSH 44. Dr Fariha Ramli 45. Dr James 46. Dr Lee Kok Tee 47. Dr Leow Bee Fung 48. Dr Muhaimin Haris 49. Dr Samreet Singh Sandu 50. Dr Wong 51. Dr Yip Cheng-Har 52. Dr Ganabaskaran
53. All Women’s Action Society 54. Breast Cancer Welfare Association Malaysia 55. CHALLENGER Malaysia 56. ENGAGE 57. Enlight Malaysia 58. Galen Centre for Health & Social Policy 59. Health Equity Initiatives 60. Our Journey 61. Persatuan Kanak-Kanak Istimewa Kajang, Selangor 62. Poliklinik V-Care 63. Society for Cancer Advocacy & Awareness Kuching
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