Malaysians looking forward to ‘balik kampung’ for Aidilfitri

It is hoped that ‘everyone should be responsible for their actions and be able to take care of themselves and practise social distancing’ 

by AUFA MARDHIAH / Pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

MALAYSIANS can finally look forward to celebrating Aidilfitri with their loved ones at their hometowns and “kampung” after two years of strict movement restrictions. 

Nurliyana Roshaidy, an audit executive, will be celebrating Aidilfitri with her family in Bangi as per pre-Movement Control Order, but with precautions. 

“We will proceed with wearing face masks and using hand sanitiser all the time, while also once again practising ‘bersalaman’ (shaking hands) as greetings for respect to the elders. 

“If by any chance I get symptoms from the gathering, I will probably quarantine myself and stay far away from people. 

“Since Covid-19 has now become a common virus, everyone should be responsible for their actions and be able to take care of themselves and practise social distancing,” she told The Malaysian Reserve (TMR). 

Nurliyana added that Covid-19 must not be taken lightly due to it having different variants and symptoms. She hopes that all celebrating the festive season would do so responsibly. 

“We are far from clear of Covid19 despite transitioning into the endemic phase due to the still existing daily cases; but if we can take care of ourselves by wearing face masks and practising the standard operating procedures (SOPs), I’m sure we will celebrate a safe Aidilfitri.” 

Meanwhile, Amirul Aiman Abdul Manan, who works in Semenyih, will be going back to his hometown in Kuala Selangor. 

“My family will celebrate with strict SOPs as my younger sister has not been fully vaccinated yet, especially as Malaysia is still reporting new Covid-19 cases daily. 

“I hope that everyone can celebrate Aidilfitri like the old prepandemic days, however, despite all the excitement we must take good care of ourselves and practise the SOPs because this virus is very dangerous and life-threatening,” he told TMR. 

Hazret Hassa Basri, on the other hand, is confident that Malaysians would not have any problem practising the SOPs as they had been mandatory over the past few years to save people’s lives. 

“Until today, we are still practising them even in the endemicity. A discipline that has become a habit and a habit is something hard to grow out of. 

“The biggest and most common concern is the virus spreading during a gathering, but I believe with most people being fully vaccinated, strict adherence to the SOPs, contact tracing with MySejahtera and the stability of our healthcare system, we would be safe from critical illness.” 

Earlier this year, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob gave his assurance that there would be no travel ban for Malaysians to “balik kampung” for this year’s Aidilfitri celebration. 

It was then supported by the announcement of the county’s borders reopening and the entering of the endemic phase beginning April 1.