Malaysia has been under a Restricted Movement Order since Wednesday which basically means that no one should go out at all unless absolutely necessary (supermarkets, pharmacies and clinics/hospitals are remaining open) and all non-essential business ordered to close their doors.
Unfortunately, human beings the arseholes that they are, a lot are ignoring it (roughly 40% according to the police) so it’s looking like from Sunday, the government will deploy the army to enforce it.
I’ve had to go out a few times to the hospital in preparation for more surgery scheduled for this coming week and see a lot of café’s, local shops etc carrying on business as usual. The worst offenders are religious groups – two thirds of Malaysia’s 1000+ cases stem from banned large religious ‘prayer’ gatherings and congregations.
576 cases are from one ludicrous event attended by over 16,000 people, with over 40% of the attendees still refusing to come forward for testing.
As you can see from the photo below – even the presence of police road blocks to query peoples reasons for being out is not proving a deterrent. So while Boris’s ever so polite close “as soon as you reasonably can” softly softly approach is there now – it might not be like that for long……