Over the weekends, the streets of Bukit Bintang had once again become crowded with cars and people and it seems that the city had recovered to its original state before the Covid-19 pandemic.
Bernama had shared a number of images of the scene on their Twitter page and showed the massive traffic at the city centre.
They wrote “The number of vehicles increased on weekend nights as foto BERNAMA surveyed Jalan Bukit Bintang today (4 September), possibly due to people starting to go out for shopping and eating at restaurants that are allowed to operate until 10pm.”
However, this tweet had sparked a debate between netizens, while some celebrated for the recovery of the economy, others criticized those who went out on the streets and risk spreading the virus.
“This is a sign of Malaysia’s economic recovery. The people must accept the fact that we have to live with the virus. We can’t lock ourselves at home for the rest of our lives.” a netizen said.
“Oh my God, the cases will rise. Oh no, we will fail again, right? Because even while vaccinated, we can still be infected. So saddening to see that there are some who are bringing their children out when they haven’t been vaccinated yet and can easily be infected.” another netizen said.
Meanwhile, the Malaysian government’s policies are catered more towards the reopening of the economy, as most Malaysians had been given at least the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, and very soon the second dose.
This is also in line with the government’s decision to give the fully-vaccinated individuals the privilege of dining in restaurants and other recreational activities.
In the latest updates, the Health Ministry, current led by Khairy Jamaluddin is working towards to the transition of Covid-19 from a pandemic to an endemic. He also said in the next 2 months, Malaysians will be adjusting themselves towards the “living with the virus” mindset that the government is advocating.
Nonetheless, he also assured Malaysians that the opening up will be done responsibly and in a safe manner.
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