Letter: Mind your SOPs, Lest We Forget

I must say, it seems that Malaysians have somewhat forgotten that we are still at war with the COVID-19 pandemic. This is evident when I go out for grocery shopping or when I dine at restaurants. It is plain to see that some individuals have let their guard down.

There is no clear social distancing, no contact tracing and worse, some even waltz into a restaurant or grocer without even having the common courtesy to record their temperature.

Of course, staff are on hand to remind them to adhere to the COVID-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs), but why does anyone even need reminding? It should be second nature by now.

Come on; please do not throw caution to the wind. Positive cases are still high, and yet we get selfish individuals who think that they are immune to the virus. The truth is that no one is immune to the virus. The impending vaccination of the Malaysian population also does not give anyone the license to do away with SOPs.

Like it or not, SOPs are here to stay. It has become part of life now. I too, hope that one day we can do away with all the SOPs and life will return to days before COVID-19. However, for now we must unite and do our part.

I would also like to remind everyone to adhere to SOPs while visiting Ramadan bazaars. I do not blame you. It is easy to get distracted. However, do not, for even a second, think that contracting the virus only happens to the other person.

No! It is not that way. Malaysians must remember we all have a civic duty to adhere to the existing COVID-19 SOPs. Should you come across another person not abiding by the SOPs, please exercise your civic duty to politely remind him or her to do so.

Stay vigilant and do your part to protect yourself and society.


Yeap Ming Liong

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