KUALA LUMPUR: Self-discipline is far more important and effective to protect oneself and loved ones from Covid-19 infections, than any law.
Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said this was evident in the first few days of the implementation of Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO), which also saw daily cases in the double digit recorded by the Health Ministry.
"I went to a shopping mall on the first day (Monday) and it was empty. When asked, people said they fear being infected for as long as the vaccine was not found. They do not want to expose their health to infection risks.
"People comply to SOP (Standard Operating Procedures) including maintaining social distancing, having temperatures checked and sanitised their hands.
"Who would have imagined that we could enforce social distancing in the markets? It is the responsibility of each one of us to protect ourselves and family (from Covid-19 infections," said the senior minister who was a guest in BernamaTV's Ruang Bicara programme today.
He said the government placed its trust on the people to abide by the strict SOPs and eased the restrictions, and adopting focused approach based on clusters and localities.
The host then raised the question of trust by the government, while still prohibiting 'balik kampung' for Raya.
"At supermarkets, we are able to make sure that shoppers comply with the SOP. But for balik kampung, how do we make sure social distancing, with family members hugging each other during visit.
"Eventhough we have formed special task force among uniformed agencies, I don't think we have enough personnel to monitor each house in the country. We don't want another cluster from raya (celebration).
"Eventually, we will refer this to the Health Ministry but we can't promise anything (now)."
Source: New Straits Times