The trip to Sekinchan is actually our first trip outside of our usual safe zone namely sibling and relative house since the COVID19 pandemic started. It was also one of the few trips that will take us a day to go and come back home and yet still be able to do some activities. It is cheaper as we don’t have to book any accommodations so we can use the cash for something else.
After months of inter-state travel restrictions, the Government had finally allowed inter-state travel effective from 11th October 2021 after the target 90% vaccination had been achieved. Fortunately, the benefit of interstate travel is not open to those who have not been fully vaccinated. Whilst it is good that businesses have picked up due to the ease of interstate travel, one hopes that the strict SOP continued to be followed.
A couple of weeks ago, the Government announced a 4 phased recovery plan which immediately was heavily criticised by many sectors of the public, businesses and ex-Ministers like Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz as inadequate and lacking a proper strategy in other areas of the economy and national development. Infographic source: Malay Mail
According to UNHCR, there are about 179,570 refugees and asylum-seekers registered with UNHCR in Malaysia as of the end of May 2021. Out of this rather understated number, there are about 102,950 Rohingyas and this does not include the thousands more that keep sneaking into the country illegally. They already started to become a national headache and a serious threat to our national security.… [Click to read the rest] “National Security 101: Rohingya’s Malaysian Gamble – Once In, Cannot Chase Them Out”
As of 11th May 2021, Malaysia saw 3,807 new infection cases with 3.454 cases recovered and 17 deaths. On the first day of MCO 3.0, the number went up to 4,765 new infections and 39 deaths. In total, we had 1,761 Malaysians died from COVID19 todate. Image source: MOH