When we see someone wearing a pink wristband walking on the streets, the very first thing we will do is to get as far as we can from that person and take photos of him. Most of us would then shared it on social media and report the incident to the authorities.
However, the controversial photos that went viral on social media recently had forced us to rethink whether our criticisms towards those group of people.
While some netizens argued that the man’s actions are irresponsible and he may put people at risk of COVID-19 infection, others sympathised with the man.
Recently, a man in Penang was caught violating the Home Surveillance Order (HSO) by driving out on the streets to purchase food with his sick toddler.
The photos that went viral showed the man, who was wearing a white wristband issued by the Ministry of Health (MOH) for those ordered to undergo the Home Surveillance Order (HSO), waiting in his car.
Besides that, a toddler can be seen in the passenger seat of the car, wearing a fever patch on their forehead.
According to Harian Metro, the man was driving a Proton Saga and the photo was believed to be taken at a drive-thru fast food restaurant in Bagan Ajam, Seberang Perai.
Authorities were quick to launch an investigation on the matter after the incident went viral.
As reported by Berita Harian, North Seberang Prai District Police Chief, ACP Noorzainy Mohd Noor said the police managed to identify the individual in the photographs.
“MOH staff are carrying out an investigation on the man before taking further action.” he said.
While the photos went circulated on social media, netizens started a debate on the matter. Some netizens criticized that it is this kind of people the reason why the number of cases in Malaysia will never go down.
A netizen added that the man was a selfish parent as he choose to bring his child along to buy food. She added that there are delivery services and the mum can cook, why are they still out on the streets.
Meanwhile, a netizen said “We don’t know what problems they’re facing until they’re willing to bring a child with fever out. If there are people who can help them buy essential items, the father wouldn’t be bringing their kid along.”
Another netizen echoed the same opinion and said we do not understand his situation. In addition, his neighbours may be afraid of giving them a helping hand.
The netizen added that only those who have gone through this will understand.
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