COVID 19 – MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE LAUDS HRH SELANGOR SULTAN’S TIMELY REMINDER!
I am so thankful to HRH for repeating his July 8th advisory to us Selangor Folks on Covid 19 protocols!
I had highlighted my fears whether Selangor will become the new epicenter of this pandemic in my October 1st blog posting.
As early as July 8th our beloved Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah had expressed concern that many people in the state have been ignoring the standard operating procedure (SOP) set to curb the spread of Covid-19.
He stated that based on his observation, many people are seen to be no longer complying with the established guidelines by being in public places without wearing face masks and adhering to the social distancing rules.
Sultan Sharafuddin also expressed sadness and worry that if the community were to remain stubborn and refuse to adopt the new normal, the second wave of Covid-19 would occur and affect the economy as well as their daily lives.
Today October 3rd, once again, our beloved and respected Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, has expressed concern over the spike in Covid-19 cases, particularly in the state, where two new clusters were reported today.
He urged those who are symptomatic or have just returned from risky areas to immediately undergo screening tests and comply with the mandatory quarantine order.
HRH’s directive and advice was timely and it must be respected not just by us ordinary folks but our politicians and others in the corridors of power!
HRH is right as my recent surveys and walkabouts continue to raise huge red flags on the matt.
HRH is concerned that once our community become less reckless, negligent or lose vigilance the dangers of the threat rises.
The Ministry of Health have just highlighted that there are 31 new cases in Selangor, almost half of whom had a travel history to Sabah: 13 were returnees from high-risk areas in Sabah; 8 were in the new Seri Anggerik cluster, 3 in the Jalan Meru cluster, and 4 in the new Seri Setia cluster in Gombak.
So like HRH, I am disturbed and wondering why no action has yet been taken on those who were impacting the spread, notably our politicians and other ‘political busybodies’ who had absolutely no business in Sabah but decided to go anyway.
At least they should have had the common sense, the responsibility to self-quarantine themselves in a hotel designated for 14 days as their political and social responsibility!
But no, they did not do that!
How inhumane and irresponsible these political shenanigans are and have been.
They are a disgrace for putting others, at risks and these others could easily become fatalities depending on which risk groups they come from.
The advice of HRH to all of us in the 6.5 million in Selangor is to stay at home and not to go out to crowded public places unnecessarily.
HRH is really concerned.
The least we can do is take heed to HRH advice and act accordingly.