Malaysians turn to social media, streaming services to fill time during MCO

As the period of MCO lengthens in Malaysia, there has been a rapid escalation in home-based entertainment, video conference and online communication

by NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK/ pic by TMR FILE

MORE Malaysians are turning into online entertainment and streaming services as the Movement Control Order (MCO) is extended to April 14 as Internet service providers brace for more usage.

On Twitter, various trending hashtags were used by users and local firms to encourage nationals and residents to remain at home, varying between #DudukRumah, #DudukRumahChallenge and #StayAtHome.

Netflix Malaysia, the local version of the international streaming service has also provided a list of recommendations for viewers to go through during MCO.

#DudukRumah, please. The binge list for April has arrived, and this is a thread for you,” it tweeted, listing films including Catch Me If You Can, Coffee & Kareem, Jaws and The Breakfast Club.

The streaming service also added recommendations such as the season five of American superhero series The Flash based on DC Comics character Barry Allen, and season four of Supergirl.

The Kuala Lumpur-based free and subscription video-on-demand service iflix Malaysia also tweeted on MCO’s second phase.

“The second phase of MCO has just begun, meaning we’ll still have to deal with our colleagues at home. It’s okay though, once we’re done with work, we’ll enjoy iflix, yes?” the company tweeted.

In addition, in taking advantage of the free Internet service being offered to users, iflix also has prolonged the redemption period for iflix VIP, which offers a bigger library than free users on the website.

The Malaysian Reserve previously reported that the pressure on Internet infrastructure is currently being felt in countries facing high number of cases, including Malaysia, Italy and Spain.

It was reported that as the period of lockdown increases in Malaysia, uses for the Internet by different industries including entertainment, education and shopping need to be considered and that there has been a rapid escalation in home-based entertainment, video conference and online communication.

Similarly, due to the decreasing options for food, people are beginning to share methods to prepare certain meals online.

In the past few days, Twitter user @ZeeZoulhusni has posted a picture of his curry laksa, as well as a video on how to prepare dalgona chocolate, a beverage often made by whipping instant coffee, sugar and water.

He has also posted a video of himself preparing tom yam, tagging most of his food adventures with #DudukRumahChallenge and #StayAtHome.

Other social media users have also taken MCO as an opportunity to share their recipes as well, such as influencer Dharshamini Kesavan or @dharshamini_kesavan on Instagram, who shared videos on how to make fried chocolate or ice crean and a traditional Indian snack, Kantharappam.

While most people are trying to cope with staving boredom, however, Bernama has also shared a few infographics on how to maintain one’s mental health while remaining in isolation — as those who live with other people are required to maintain distance as well.

Among the tips are — include to avoid loneliness — talking to a trusted person, keeping in touch with loved ones and friends, as well as praying to build spiritual strength, practising relaxation techniques and perform physical activities at home while maintaining a healthy diet.

All Woman’s Action Society also reminded that taking responsible actions include maintaining mental health, and that domestic violence survivors, distressed individuals, and all those who are agitated and find their personal boundaries constantly interrupted may reach out to the organisation.

It was reported that victims are now feeling more “trapped” as abusers are spending more time at home.

AWAM programme and operations manager Nisha Sabanayagam said the public can help by not putting sexist jokes on social media.

“These sexist jokes further perpetuate the concept of patriarchy, which is one of the root causes of domestic violence and other forms of gender-based violence,” she said.