Coronavirus in Malaysia

We are now in our 5th day of the Restrictive Movement Order (RMO). Since the 18th of March, the Malaysian government has announced an RMO for the next 14 days in hopes of flattening the curve.

How does a Restrictive Movement Order work?

Basically, people in the country are instructed to stay put in heir own homes, hostels or wherever they are currently staying. No gatherings are allowed. This is because we can’t identify a person who is infected with Coronavirus or COVID-19 immediately. It could take up to 2 to 3 weeks for the symptoms to appear. So in order to avoid any possible random spreading of the virus and swift medical attention to the group that is already infected, this RMO could potentially work.

A Restrive Movement Order is different from a total Lockdown because people are still allowed to leave their homes to get food and other basic needs. Essential needs related premises such as restaurants, supermarkets or banks are still open.

Restrictive Movement Order in Malaysia

When the RMO rumours were out, it had caused panic buying in Malaysia. People thought it was going to be a total lockdown like China did. So a lot of people went stocking up food and household items like the Singaporeans did.

A day before the announcement, I chose to go to the Setapak Giant because I knew that not a lot of people went there as compared to Cold Storage in Mont Kiara or Ben’s grocer in Publika. As I arrived, lo and behold! Never on earth have I had to queue for a long time and on that day I did. I realised then that this was going to be serious because before that I didn’t know how soon was the government going to enforce an RMO.

After the RMO instruction was announced, it has caused an exodus. A lot of people were rushing to go back to their hometown to be with their loved ones. There were cynical memes on social media saying that these people loved their families so much that they’d even want to “gift” their coronavirus to them.

But some of them were innocent varsity students which had nowhere to go because the universities were shutting down hostels and told the students to leave. It was only later then the government announced that they would provide financial aid to the varsities to cater the students’ needs in the hostels.

On the 1st day of the RMO, pictures and videos of people enjoying their breakfast at restaurants were circulating on social media. The government then emphasized and highlighted that restaurants can’t cater eat-ins but only takeaways. The next day, we saw restaurants had left chairs on the table and only took orders from the entrance.

On the following day, there were still people ignoring the RMO. They still went shopping and even gathering at their residential areas. The Malaysian police had to go hard on them by scolding them to go home.

Malaysian Military Steps In To Enforce the Restrictive Movement Disorder

Finally on the 3rd day, the government announces that the military is going to assist our Malaysian police to enforce the RMO. The government doesn’t want to announce a total lockdown. Only that this time, the government limits only 1 person is allowed to leave the house to buy things that a household needs.

We don’t know if this 14 day RMO would work 100%. But if does not, then following China’s draconian lockdown is the only way to go in the end. China was successful in its battle because it took them only 50 days to be free from the contagious virus.

With the public transport still working and people are still allowed to go to work, I suppose there is still potential for the virus to spread around. We will see.

TUURKiSH : Imported Turkish Scarves in Malaysia (Tudung Turki)

Over the years of traveling overseas, I have been an avid collector of scarves and shawls. Among them I find that turkish scarves are unique due to the amalgamation of Islamic and European arts in its designs. Thus, I’ve founded TUURKiSH which offers imported turkish scarves in Malaysia.

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At TUURKiSH, you can own from affordable non silk scarves to exclusive pure 100% silk scarves and shawls. Besides having a great array of classy collections, TUURKiSH scarves and shawls are made of high quality Turkish produced material. These scarves and shawls can not only be adorned as a hijab or tudung turki but also as fashion accessories.

If you are looking for branded scarves from Turkey in Malaysia such as Aker, Armine, Cacharel or Pierre Cardin, look no further than TUURKiSH on Instagram @tuurkishscarves or on Facebook at http://facebook.com/tuurkish.my . Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and Facebook for updates and sale!

UPDATE APRIL 2020: We’re currently shut down but some of our turkish scarves collection can be bought from http://instagram.com/kedaiturki.

Thank you for your support since 2015.

Protect Yourself From Financial Data Threats

The advancement of global informational facilitates the travel of people, goods and money within a shorter period of time. Today, financial transactions are conducted online with just a click at the end of our fingers. Flight or bus tickets can be booked on websites, clothes are ordered with online forms and payments can be made in an instant.

Spending at eateries, department stores or boutiques could be supplemented with the pre-value-laden debit card. With this type of financial facility, it saves one from worries of walking around with wads of cash in his wallet or even being burdened to pay back debts to the bank like those days when credit cards used to rule.

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Between Dunya and Akhirah

In the quest of reflecting on life from a gamut of perspectives, my mind keeps searching for its true meaning. The temporal world that we live in is characterized by imperfection where the solution of one problem would eventually trigger another. Absoluteness is not its feature.

The condition of the realm that we live in is ever mutable and annihilable (Fana) as opposed to its perfect Maker which is of Continued Existence (Baqa’). We and our environment are in constant state of change. Just like the changing condition of the earth from its deepest mantle to the terrains and its accoutrements of trees and rivers, so are all moving things that survive on its existence.

The matters of between dunya and akhirah has always been one of the main concerns playing in my mind. Ever since when I was in madrasah I pondered on how and what are the best ways of juggling our affairs in this world and the Hereafter. Once I thought the life of the tabligh would be best where one leads a very modest way of life filled with ibadah and dakwah. But some queried if it is fair for a person to abandon his responsibility to feed his family. Maintaining good relations with other people is also important besides maintaining good relations with God (hablum minallah wa hablum minannaas).

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Ethno-Religious Provocation By Politicians And The Media

Even though the government has about one more year before the deadline of holding the next General Election comes around, netizens like me could already feel the electoral heat online. Predictions on elections are announced, promises in return of victories are made, issues are reprised and political malarkey are sung in beautiful notes.

In a globalized era where the burst of transparent information permeates in the minds of a developing society, Malaysia is laden with internal and external challenges. These challenges are comprised of a constellation of wants, needs and frustrations. Citizens with common causes come together to fight for their rights and politicians (or powerful political key players) mobilize these citizens for their objectives of attaining power. Some want to gain power for themselves and some want it to change the country.

The new media has become the main tool to unite people under the same banner. It is easy to arrange political gatherings by instant updates via Facebook or Twitter. The telecommunication evolution facilitates speedier access to information with internet on mobiles. It is also easier to pit communities against each other with irrational and irresponsible posts that are racial, ideological or creed based provoking statements; the Chinese vs Malays vs Indians, Christians vs Hindus vs Muslims, Liberals vs Conservatives and so forth.

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Never-ending Islam-West Conflict

The tragic Toulouse shootings caused by a young Algerian muslim has aggravated the French public’s perception towards the muslim community and the sacred religion itself. Even though as muslims, we know that what Mohammad Merah has done was against the principles of Islam, the portrayal of the Western media does not conform with this idea. Islam is not a religion of violence but some of its embracers are. These people who give Islam a bad name, use it to justify their acts.

I remember of the troubles that I encountered at immigrations during my travels in Europe including France. There were a few times when I was randomly selected (luck or coincidence?) for a thorough inspection. Then there was once when I was forced to take off my hijab. Now that really got me on my nerves. Does being Muslim make me look like a terrorist? But then again, I sympathized the officers who were probably themselves living in a state of fear.

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Politics of Hate

I have deactivated Facebook in December 2011. After utilising the famous social network for 4 years, I decided that I should put an end to it. Why? To sum it up, I find that currently the downside of FB outweighs its benefits. When I shifted from the world of Friendster to FB, I succumbed to the numerous functions that it offered. It was more convenient and private than Friendster. Sharing pictures with cousins in JB and establishing networks with professionals were the main objectives. Over time, the uses of FB have evolutionized. Especially when more people were joining the social media.

Then there came in people who take Facebook way too seriously. The flourishing of politics of hate worsens the situation in the Facebook sphere. Every morning when I read the statuses which were either about the day people go through with or the highlighted news in the papers shared, they were filled with negative responses. Facebook has become like a trash can for people to vent their anger and frustrations.

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