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Whinings

Confusion

It is day 1 of Full MCO. I do not care of what people say about it, but the principle behind it is very simple…

STAY HOME

To protect Yourself,

Your Family,

Your Loved Ones

I have heard so many stories, some are from really close friends. In the past, I always heard from social media, but this time around, a few of those people are within the people that I personally know. There is no more time to waste, now is the time for us to really do what we needed to do months ago, which is to stay home to stay safe.

But – despite all of these, there are also certain groups of people which will need to still go out. And this is limited to what the government classify essential services. Yes – the SOP is not done properly, it is highly confusing and at times filled with gaps, but the fact of the matter is very simple –

STAY HOME WHERE POSSIBLE

In the past 24 hours, it has been quite a hassle to ensure the carer that my family paid to come over to my parents’ house, which so happens to be outside of the district. We have been relying on the carer’s service for many years and this pandemic has really made it a lot more challenging. The way to get the permission permit is so confusing, especially for niche but essential service like carers. As we speak, we are still trying to do what we need to do but it definitely seems difficult. Let us hope and pray that I am able to find a way to make this possible, because without a carer – it is really troublesome for my dad given that he stays with my mum. The rest of my siblings stay in different districts.

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Whinings

Ranting on Covid

Petugas barisan hadapan sudah penat. Tapi kami masih gagahi demi menyelamatkan nyawa anda. Bantulah kami untuk bantu anda & keluarga

https://twitter.com/DGHisham/status/1398530835226062859

One of the highest new cases per million In the World because?

  1. Kerajaan Gagal… (failure government)
  2. Vaksin Lembab… (slow vaccination)
  3. Stupid MCO… Ineffective lockdown

But have we ever thought that some Malaysians:

  • …. still cross districts despite knowing that…
  • … still go to the shopping mall for the sake of jalan jalan despite knowing that…
  • still jalan jalan visit your loved ones for raya despite knowing that…
  • … still go to your girlfriends/boyfriends house… despite knowing that…
  • … still do group running/cycling and claim “bumping” into them… despite knowing that ….
  • … still go into panic buying despite knowing that….
  • … still cross-state border by making up an excuse and ask for permit despite knowing that….

It is not about whether you allowed or not allowed..

It is not about whether you get caught..

It is not about whether I see other people do.. so I do…

It is about us taking responsibility and accountability for the actions … our own actions…The front liners are suffering and doing their very best, and what are we doing as Malaysians?

Our own attitude will cause many more people who will suffer due to the economic slowdown because of the stupidity of some Malaysians and their “tidak apa” attitude.

We, as Malaysians, need to start to take responsibility for what is happening. ..The only way we can get thru this if we do this TOGETHER

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Photography

Jeti Pantai Kelanang

Few months ago, I did a drive to Pantai Kelanang. While driving back, decided to take the less travelled road and discovered a jetty. Quite nice and quaint to take photo. I should ride my bike here at some point.

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I Love Malaysia

Pandemic Update #3 – Conditional MCO, my thoughts?

First of all, thank you to ALL THE FRONT LINERS for all the hard work. I really appreciate the sacrifices that all of you have made. Nothing will be able to repay all your sacrifices.

After almost 6 weeks of MCO – the Prime Minister of Malaysia announced on 1st May that the MCO measures will be relaxed and nearly all economic sectors can resume operations on 4th May 2020 (Source: [The Star]).

My Thoughts

Abrupt
I think the reopening is too abrupt and too risky given the state that we are in. I prefer a softer landing to open the business gradually, and not let the flock out of the cage. I do understand the concept of sharing the responsibility where everybody has to follow a strict SOP. But, hand to heart, do we think Malaysians can do this?

The Economic Dilemma_
The challenge I have in my head, how long? The economy is not able to sustain a prolonged MCO. According to the Prime Minister in the same announcement – the economy is losing RM2.4 billion a day, and to date (I assume 1st May), the total losses have amounted to RM63 billion. Based on the survey made by the Department of Statistics released on 9th April – 46.6% of self-employed worker has lost their jobs, and this is mostly from Agriculture sector. In fact, 94.8% of self-employed worker reported reduced income due to the Covid-19.

Lives and Livelihood
According to the Director-General of Health in his 1st May daily briefing, there must be a balance between “Lives and Livelihood”. The way I interpret this is that the MCO cannot last forever. The Livelihood of the citizens is impacted. This is true for those who are not able to get any income during the lockdown. As much as we want to eradicate Covid-19, there won’t be a permanent solution until a vaccine is available.

Community Responsibility
I guess the Government is taking a leap of faith to share the responsibility to the community as we transition to a “new norm”. New norm being, social distancing, mask, hand sanitizers, temperature check etc. Strict SOP has been issued by the Ministry of Health to the sectors. I do hope that each of and every one of us will abide by the SOP.

Summary
I agree that we must strike a balance between Lives and Livelihood. Where possible, we must adapt to the new norm as we venture into this new era. I will continue to “MCO” myself with a little bit of flexibility to exercise outdoors where possible.

What do you think?

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I Love Malaysia

Pandemic Update #2

It has been 39 days since the start of the Movement Control Order. The number of positive cases has dropped to double-digit for the last couple of days. Definitely a good sign but it is not the time for Malaysia to relax their rule. Despite the economy moving at the lowest level ever, it is something that we have to go thru for us to save ourselves from the virus.

The best way to contain the virus is for everybody to isolate themselves. Movement Control Order – being enforced, there are still so many that’s flouting the rule. We cannot afford to get into another wave. The economy has been halted for a very long time, and every day we in MCO, so much money is lost and many more jobs are gone. Let us all work together to recover from this pandemic.

If anything, the pandemic has made Malaysia stronger than ever. Despite those Covidiots, Malaysians have grown to be much more united than ever. Rising to a level where we have not experienced before. And all these behaviours will shape the “new normal”. In addition to the digital transformation that is happening everywhere, the new humanly behaviour will transform the Malaysian into a more caring society.
On top of that, we all now realise how important are the front liners, especially in the medical field. I remember a couple of months ago, there was a drama about us limiting the housemen and contracts for the hospitals (I think..). And now, more than ever – they are the seeds for one of the many battles that will emerge in the future.

I am confident that we will survive this, and we will emerge stronger!

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Photography

“Out” of the city

During my street shoot on a Sunday – 1st March, I bumped into a person sleeping under a cabana. I don’t think its a homeless person because he did not have any luggage with him. I suspect, it is a drunk person from the night before.

I am not sure if you can see the person, but it is at the bottom right hand corner 🙂

I guess, the image is not very well composed, because it is hard to be able to notice the person on the bottom right hand corner!

I generally don’t like to shoot homeless, but since the photo does not have any face, I think it is fine. You can’t tell who the person is 🙂

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Photography

Resting

Behind the hustle and bustle of the market, the cleaners do take time to rest and have a sip of coffee in tied in plastic packs. The cleanliness(or non-cleanliness) of the market relies on these souls. They work hard throughout the morning and they do deserve the time for that quick sip.

M10M 1/25sec at f/2.8, ISO1250 24mm (Summilux-M)
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Photography

Praying@Sin Sze Ya

Another photo from Sin Sze Ya temple. A photo of an old lady praying. At the right time of the day, should be able to get very good light from the skylight on the roof.

M10M 21mm Summilux ISO 2500 1/6@f/8.0

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Photography

Market Massage

At the market, we can see a lot of characters. During a walk in Ampang street market, I saw this couple – where the husband was massaging the back of his wife (I presume).

M10 with Summilux ASPH 21mm 1/45@f/4.8 ISO400
M10 with Summilux ASPH 21mm 1/45@f/4.8 ISO400

It is actually quite fascinating. Talk about showing the love between each other 🙂

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Photography

Toilet

This photo was taken on Saturday 29 February. It was one of the days that I needed a walk to calm my nerves. It was a long emotional night for me, and I needed some time to digest. Yes – I was planning to have a photo walk the next day, but this day was different because so many things in my mind.

You can’t have a better tomorrow,

if you always thinking about yesterday

anonymous
M10M 28mm Summaron-M 1/60 f/5.6 ISO3200

CRYPTIC MODE ON

Sometimes in life, we just need to get the shit out of our system, and today was the day. So much shit from the past was thrown at you and I just needed to digest those shit. We can dwell of the shit from yesterday, and only focus on the shit that will come out today and beyond.

Yesterday’s shit may be smelly and watery, but today is when we need to focus on the doing the right things to make sure the shit is better. Mornings are always better when you are shit are smooth and fulfilling.

Yes – its a shitty day, but we need to support what we take and do in order to make it less shittier.

CRYPTIC MODE OFF

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Photography

Flat Keramat: Central Kitchen

The individual unit of the flat is very small. I was told that the units have two configuration – single and double bedroom types. From the outside, it looks pretty small. And from what I recall the last time I visited my friend decades ago, it was really small. The ground floor folks “extended” their units by building additional substructures, as you can see in the diagram below.

There are so many things that the people do with the substructures, ranging from shops to parking lots… to… central kitchen! Not really central kitchen but a bigger kitchen for those hawker stalls next to the main road.

Kitchen!
Prep area

I do not want to imagine what will happen if a fire breaks out, but it definitely looks like a major fire hazard to me.

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Photography

Flat Keramat

I’ve been to many places in the world but to be honest, I’ve not explored my own backyard. I spent most of my childhood in Keramat, a predominantly Malay area.

Today after visiting my mum, I decided to make a stop and visit Flat Keramat. It’s a gem. I should spend more time here to do street shoots. I believe there are so many backstories that I can cover.

The flats are bunch of low-cost development by PKNS (Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Selangor) or state-owned development company. I believe the flats were built during the late 70s, not very far from when I moved to Keramat.

The following photo shows the flats. As you can see, the flats are not far from the city. In fact, it is probably about 15 mins to town! There are a total of 18 blocks altogether.

Low Cost Housing that’s not far from the city

There are so many photo opportunities here, especially in black and white. Today’s trip was just a recce trip for a bigger trip that I plan. Since I come over to Keramat almost every single week, it is very convenient for me to visit this place. In fact, I can park at my parent’s house and walk over here. Not far.

That’s tiny little towers are Petronas Tower.

As usual – hang out with the locals. These are 17 year old kids who told me some of the stories in neighborhood. I will certainly pop by again next week – whenever I have time. In fact they did tell me about the silat and Muay Thai classes that’s held on Tuesday.

Here is a brief video of the flats.