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Showing posts with label Coronavirus. Show all posts

Coronavirus Lockdown at Kuala Lumpur

Photo taken after 2 months from 16 March 2020. I live through the horror of Coronavirus disease at Kuala Lumpur

At the height of coronavirus, i found myself staying at Kuala Lumpur. The city i adore very much. I took a rest and went too far as much as six months of unemployment. Technically, no one was looking for jobs anyways. I am not living on any unemployment benefit though nor any help from any sources. 

Everyone can live in Kuala Lumpur during the good times right ?? How about living in Kuala Lumpur "At the height of Covid 19 pandemic" just like the title suggests

This is the best time living in Kuala Lumpur amid prevalence of Covid 19. Be able to witnessed the capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur fought Coronavirus disease.

The city get so quiet and much lesser cars on the road. Although everyone stay at home, food delivery business were still operable.

All the zombie movie fans out there or those believe in the end of time. I got good news for all of you. You get what you wish for all this time and they have been listening. The pandemic measures are likened to a hollywood zombie movie. 

The pandemic landed unexpectedly. I find it ironic that no one actually celebrating as we get what we wish for. An once in your lifetime to experience weeks of isolation and despair. 

Enhanced movement control order

The situation was a little bit intense when authorities announced Enhanced version of movement control order. Barbed wire were used to block certain area deemed red zone !

I never believe Coronavirus will be the end of humankind. I have high hope it will be just 1 month event. Just like the bird flu H1N1 we had in the recent past. 

However, It proved to be very wrong as World Health Organization (WHO) announced the pandemic is over after 3 years. Do you see the similarity in 1918 flu pandemic ? We can safe to say it boldly

                       Coronavirus 2020 - 2023

Back to myself, what i did believe was that it could somehow infected me somewhere at the airport. So i made a decision not to go back to my parents home as it take an airflight to go there.

As if i did went back to my parent house and mistakenly with the disease, the consequences will be just unbearable.

Surgical mask become a viral product and a necessity. Anyone without a mask were prohibited to enter premises such as Shopping Mall or public transportation. 

Look closely to the imagery, 10 pieces of mask were selling at rm9.90. Rm1 for 10 masks. 

Instead of going back, i explore the city in hope that one day, everything is going to be fine. What i found in the city were Malaysian authorities were trying very hard to develop Kuala Lumpur. 

Social distancing were easy as everyone were wary of going out. 

If Coronavirus disease is a great lesson will it strike us 2 times in our lifetime ?

I hope we will be more prepared like got myself 5 years of saving to ward off any famine situation.

 A signboard with words " Stop The Covid-19 Transmission "

How many of us have 3 years of savings? I know i do not have it. 3 years was how long it took for World Health Organization declared
Coronavirus is over. 

If you ask me throughout the pandemic, did anyone help me ??

I always grateful to those who helped me get through it. Yes, i am the one who need all the help.

I remember vividly during the ramadan month, charity groups were sending out meals and drinks. As one of the recipient, i wanted to say thanks you very much !

Strangers wearing a pair of plastic glove, avoiding any physical contact through hands

If you ask me if pandemic ever come again, would i do it all again ?

I probably would run out of Luck. I dont think  will ever meet the same nice people again at Kuala Lumpur.

As for about me flying back to parent home, i will firmly reject any possible contact with my family. So no airport and no family. Just me and my backpack.

Coronavirus Quarantine in Malaysia

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Movement Control Order / Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan / 行动管制令 

Heavy authority personnel were deployed to enforce restricted movement order on 18 March 2020. The spread of Coronavirus should not be taken lightly as the World Health Organization labelled COVID-19 as a pandemic in the year 2020. 

1. City under Quarantine

 In an effort to combat the spread of Covid-19, everyone is advised to stay at home until further official announcement.

2. Limited Train services

pkp / mco day 8 malaysia

Mass Rapid Transit service closed on non-peak time. It will be reopened on selective time. Most of the commuter are employees of essential services. 

3. Dengue Fever

Mosquito fogging during MCO/PKP 2020

Aedes mosquito are actively seeking vulnerable individual as food and the virus transmission are through infected mosquito bite. Mosquito fogging is when there are reported cases in the neighborhood.

4. Hand Sanitizer 

hand sanitizer 2020 MCO/PKP

Rubbing alcohol is now so widely accepted by consumer thanked to the COVID-19. Due to the rise of demand, healthcare companies are introducing different brands of rubbing alcohol to the market. It seem like Dettol could not fill the supply fast enough. 

5. Roadblock

Roadblock MCO/PKP 2020

In the early stage of restricted movement, food delivery riders are allowed to operate. Besides, Interstate are not allowed due to fear virus were to be transmitted to family members at rural states. 

Only 1 person in household allowed to go out buy essential items and the travel distance cannot be more than 10 KM. 

6. Takeaway 

Texas chicken no dining in MCO/PKP 2020

Prevention is better than cure. In fact, less likely any cure can be found to be effective against COVID-19. At this rate, social distancing is very important. A sneeze or cough could have devastating impact to the surrounding.

7. The Blame Game

China product at shelves MCO / PKP Coronavirus 2020

Fear on products from China is profound. Any products manufactured under the label "Made in China" were seen on the market shelves without much buyers. The latest blame game at political stage has inevitably affect consumer sentiment. 

8. AEON 8AM - 8PM

queue AEON MCO PKP Coronavirus

Due to the large influx of shoppers at specific time, grocery store at AEON is now limiting numbers of patrons into the store as a way to maintain social distancing.

9. Temperature Check and Hands Disinfectant

Sanitizer tunnel

Temperature checks and free hand sanitizer are common sight. A guard will ask you to stay out if high body temperature is detected. Lately, a sanitizer tunnel has been rolled out in order to disinfectant patron but soon later the plan is discontinued.

10. Landscape workers

landscape worker at work wearing mask

Let not forget contributions of essential workers at the front line battling to stop the spread of this pandemic risking their life in a duty for the public. Without proper city sanitation system, streets will be long run by street rats and pest. 

Singapore to Kuala Lumpur during covid 19

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Kranji MRT > Woodland train checkpoint > Malaysia's Woodland train > Johor Bahru Terminal >Larkin Terminal > Kuala Lumpur Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS)

Singapore buses will alight passengers at Woodland train station.

The reason to leave Singapore was due to expiration of visit pass. At Kranji MRT bus station, the usual crowd waiting for 170x and causeway link bus were all gone. I had to go to the opposite of Kranji MRT bus station for a bus.

Coronavirus pandemic is as scary as economic impact brought upon us all.

woodlands CIQ to JB sentral
Woodlands CIQ to JB sentral

There were literally no bus at first causeway bridge. Walk to Johor Bahru Custom Immigration and Quarantine or take the train. The first option can break my arm and leg though. Good thing about the train was passport checked by both countries custom before departs with KTM till reach Johor Bahru centre.

SGD 5 for one way train trip to Johor. An usual one way trip bus would probably cost you only 1 dollar or RM3.00.

KTM singapore woodland to Johor bahru
KTM to Johor Bahru. Empty seats 

One Singaporean had been rejected to Malaysia due to the movement control order. Likewise, Malaysian cant enter Singapore for any visit. In recent, Singapore does not impose any movement restriction but will not taking in any visitor with short term visit pass.

SMRT bus
On the way to Johor Bahru Larkin terminal

RM1.70 to Larkin Terminal from Johor Bahru Centre Terminal.

Larkin Terminal Johor Bahru to TBS
Johor Bahru Larkin Terminal to TBS

I have planned this trip even before the announcement of MCO. Today is the fourth day of movement control order due to the Coronavirus and I was not done it deliberately. I was desperately wanted to go Malaysia due to Singapore would fine me for staying longer than intended.

It took less than 4 hours from JB to KL. Less than 6 persons on board the bus and there is no resting time. Cost me RM35.00 one-way ticket to Kuala Lumpur Terminal Bersepadu Selatan.

Larkin Terminal MCO
Social distancing measure

Malaysia implemented social distancing at Larkin Terminal bus waiting area.

Billion star bus

The bus did not departed on time. Probably wanted more passenger before off to TBS. Estimated departure time was 3.30. It was a really fast trip as there were no traffic congestion.

Johor bahru to TBS
Google Map from Johor Bahru Terminal to Kuala Lumpur TBS

Currently not feeling very well. Having sore throat and flu after the trip due to new environment.The 14-days quarantine news was very shocking and saddening.

If time machine did exist, I would travel back to February 2020. I would have find a job and stay in Singapore.