Bored to death at home, if only

Do Malaysians realise, before complaining of boredom, that their comments are like rubbing salt into the frontliners’ wounds?

WE ARE two weeks into the Movement Control Order (MCO).

Kudos to those who have been keeping their spirits up and spending their time indoors creatively. We have seen recipes otherwise not going viral if not for the MCO, like the Dalgona coffee.

Those with children have turned furniture into obstacles which the little ones can climb on and jump over. Fitness buffs have turned to live videos on social media, so they could still workout together, despite each being in the confines of their own homes.

Meanwhile, those who are behind on their reading, spring cleaning or gardening can finally get those things off their to-do list.

However, not everyone is looking at the bright side of the MCO.

Even before the one-week mark, some had complained of boredom, while others were beginning to show signs of depression from being cooped up between four walls.

Some netizens posted pictures of themselves on their beds, sofas and by the windows with the caption “Bored to Death!”

With the prime minister’s (PM) announcement that the MCO has been extended until April 14, “Die la…” was one of the reactions on social media.

“I know you feel burdened, but I don’t have a choice. I have to extend the MCO for your own safety,” PM Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said in his announcement yesterday.

Do Malaysians even realise, before taking a “harmless” jog around their neighbourhood, that the MCO is for their own safety?

Do they realise, before complaining of boredom, that their comments are like rubbing salt into the frontliners’ wounds?

How the hospital staff, police and army, security guards, postal staff and many others wish they could be home, safe and away from the risk of contracting or spreading the coronavirus.

Many of us have seen on Facebook a picture of a tent outside a house.

That is where a police officer has been sleeping, fearing that if he had contracted the virus while carrying out his duties, he would bring it into the house and infect his family.

A doctor had also shared his story of having been in contact with a patient who had not informed him that she was in close contact with a Covid-19 patient.

Although his test came out negative, he continues to separate himself from his family.

“My wife does not show it, but I know she is scared,” he said.

Several other medical staff and police officers, including staff from the religious department, have tested positive for Covid-19, contracted while carrying out their duties at the frontline.

At the hospitals, our doctors and nurses are sacrificing their sleep and meals for us; on the roads, our police and army are standing under heavy rains and scorching sun; to fill our bellies, food and grocery delivery riders are overworked; to keep our offices safe, security guards are standing all alone outside buildings; and journalists are running around to keep us informed on the latest news.

Maybe, they would rather be “bored to death” at home.

  • Farezza Hanum Rashid is the assistant news editor at The Malaysian Reserve.