Ever since the Covid-19 pandemic started in Malaysia, Malaysians have been experiencing a series of lockdowns and we are still struggling in learn to live with this new normal.
Recently, the Malaysian government has announced that some states will move forward to the Phase 2 or 3 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP), and this means that restaurants in those states are allowed to accept dine-in customers.
However, both customers and the business owner, including their staff should be fully vaccinated for them to enjoy this privilage.
After fulfilling all the requirements, a TikTok user, @kenanganmengusikjiwaaa had uploaded a video on TikTok, showing a man taking a sip of Teh Tarik at a mamak for the first time in 2 months, after the restrictions were loosened.
His eyes then turn red and tears started shed. His expression says it all.
The video was given the title “When you haven’t been to the mamak in a while be like” and it has garnered over 1 million views, 96,900 likes and 2,100 comments at the time of writing.
The video started with the man staring at his cup of teh tarik and he then takes a sip. Soon after that, he started crying in tears of joy, showing how much he missed being able to dine in and be with his friends. He then asked the staff for a piece of tissue to wipe his tears.
Nonetheless, the cry may not be genuine, but it does speaks out the feeling of Malaysians when we are finally able to walk out of our homes and eat in a restaurant after several months of lockdown.
Even though we are all used to buying food to-go and eating it at home now, that doesn’t compare to the feeling of being able to eat in a restaurant.
After watching this video, netizens expressed that they feel the emotions from the man and a netizen said that only a mamak fans will understand this.
“I miss mamak stalls and football games. The last I hear ‘goal’ very loud.” a netizen said.
“It’s even more sad when the friends that used to hang out with us are no longer here.” another netizen said.
Nonetheless, with more of us getting vaccinated, we hope that Malaysia will reopen its economy soon and we’ll be able to walk on the streets again, but don’t forget the minimum SOPs that we are still required to comply with.
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