Kuala Lumpur: Two days ago, the Malaysian government has imposed a 14-day Movement Control Order from March 18 to 31 nationwide to curb the spread of the Covid-19 infection in Malaysia.
On the first day of the coronavirus lockdown in Malaysia, Malaysian badminton legend, Lee Chong Wei took to his social media page to share his personal experience and advice to cheer up his fellow Malaysians during times of uncertainty.
“It happened two days ago. Morning. Already received rumours of a possible lockdown. Mew Choo made a list of whatever necessary for 2 weeks. Some 5 chickens, some vege, a bag of rice, two dozens of eggs, 2 packs of instant noodles, a cooking oil and one packet of toilet rolls.
I reached the nearest supermarket. Oh my, many aunties dashing the store with overflow shopping trollies. The anxiousness creeped in as if my first Olympics years ago. Situation was crazy. Fortunately, I managed to gather wife’s list, except for one. The toilet paper! There were people pushing trolleys with 10 bags of toilet papers! How many buttholes one needs to wash with that many? (Toilet papers are important during previous pandemic period due to unclean water and psychological effect)
Magically, a gentle voice from behind greeted “Lee, you can take this pack. I took two just now and you know I don’t use it to wash”. It was Nazir, a friend who stays nearby. We laughed and joked a little. Noting more trolleys sprinters ambushing the store, I sped off as soon as I could, knowing that the pandemic is highly contagious.
My friends. I know we are facing an unprecedented crisis. Please do store food. But don’t store like there is no tomorrow. More importantly, stay home! Treat as though you yourself are carrying the virus, don’t go back to your hometown to your parents. Stay home! If you don’t, your love ones will die!
We Malaysians are better than this. I know Malaysians and the whole world will win this war. And it will be easier if we work together.
Lastly my upmost appreciation the frontliners like the doctors, nurses, hospital staffs, supermarket cashiers etc. You risk your lives so we can live ours. Chong Wei bow to you guys. Thank you.”