The Absolut Food Fest has recently took place at Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur with food stalls as far as eye could see and high-energy performances by local acts.
While it was a successful event, Malaysians are now crying foul about the large crowd during the performances at the festival.
In a video shared on the 我们是马来西亚人 We are Malaysians Facebook page, it showed the crowd dancing along to the live music and there’s even a conga line in front of the stage.
Despite the crowd having their masks on, it is clear that nobody seemed to be practising social distancing.
On the other hand, netizens believe that this is a clear sign of double standards by the government as nightclubs are still not allowed to open despite the country moving into the endemic phase soon.
“All these wild gatherings can with live band, but licensed pubs, night clubs totally restricted with double standard regulations. Just because involves alcohol perhaps. Look at the video! An obvious violation of S.O.P.S. How could the permit be approved without strict guidelines.” a netizen shared.
“No worry. Still under control. Participants is lesser than night club.” another netizen commented with sarcasm while tagging the health ministry and PDRM.
Meanwhile, the blanket ban on nightclubs was imposed by the health ministry on the basis that it is considered high-risk for Covid-19 transmission. It is also the only type of business premises remaining in the country’s “negative list” from 1 April.
However, when comparing the activities at a nightclub and concerts, it is pretty much clear that it is difficult for the public to maintain social distancing.
Perhaps, the government should consider applying the same standards across all types of businesses and stop imposing a blanket ban on certain businesses.
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