KUCHING: Residents of Kuching District are hoping for the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) not to be extended after today (Nov 22).
The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) will meet today to decide whether to extend the 14-day CMCO which ends today.
Senior Support Desk staff Anwar Zapari said while he is personally not affected by CMCO due to his home-based job, he prefers that it be not extended though he understands the need to if necessary.
“There are a lot of people who are out of jobs and going hungry because of the pandemic. Extending the CMCO will cause even more hardship for them,” he pointed out.
Photographer Lance Vun, 31, hoped for the CMCO not to be extended as positive cases have been in single digits the past week.
“I had to postpone a photography workshop and some shoots for clients,” he said and urged locals to adhere to standard operating procedures and refrain from spreading misinformation.
Meanwhile, accounts executive Yenny Ko, 29, is of the opinion that CMCO reminds people that Covid-19 virus is still in the community until a vaccine is available.
“On the other hand, it would be good to have no more CMCO as the number of cases have gone down,” she said, adding that due to the nature of work, some people are more exposed to the virus.
“For those who have the choice, it is best to be vigilant and considerate in our daily actions and certainly not okay to hold gatherings or parties at this point in time,” she opined.
Liz Erwin, 34, is looking forward to playing badminton with her friends and going to the gym again.
“That is the reason I hope CMCO will not be extended. I have been taking walks around my neighbourhood, but it is not the same,” she said.
She added that she understands that livelihoods are affected by the restrictions as she has friends in event management who could not organise seminars or workshops even with minimal participants.
“Generally, it has been a bad year. I hope everyone understands the importance of complying with the SOPs to keep the virus under control not only because they get sick but because incomes are affected,” she said.