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Covid-19 seems to bring the best and worst out of people

Everyone is slowly getting used to the idea of the lockdown/MCO. It seems that the lockdown may be further extended till the end of April. The government has announced various subsidies and plans to help our businesses but from a quick glance, these are going to benefit medium to large sized businesses. Smaller businesses will most likely have to wade through the pandemic themselves. We shall see how that goes.

Everytime I browse through an online news site, there seems to be so many strange stories related to Covid-19.

In India, migrant workers are sprayed with disinfectant used to sanitise buses. According to Indian media reports, the chemical used was sodium hypochlorite, the main ingredient in bleach. I think they were returning to their hometowns due to the lockdown and after sanitizing the bus, the workers then got the people to sit in a group and decided to sanitize them. Seems like fear can drive people to do crazy things!

But not all is bad. I read this wonderful article on Al-Jazeera on how Refugees are giving back to Malaysia in these uncertain times.

The fastest response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the refugee communities in Kuala Lumpur has come from within the communities themselves. Face masks, soaps, sanitiser and food are being distributed in the most crowded and vulnerable refugee communities.

“Many people call me as a community leader asking for food, asking me how can they go for COVID-19 checks,” Ismail said. “People cannot go out for doing their jobs anymore. Malaysian people have the government to help them, but the government doesn’t provide any aid for refugees. Many of them are daily workers, they earn 30-40 Malaysian ringgit ($7-9), they will use that amount every day to buy food, medicine, and pay their rents.”

Read the full article here

After missing for three days, the bread truck finally arrives at the grocery store near my house. Glad that at least the basic food items are still available for purchase.

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Cooking During the MCO

One of the challenges during the Movement Control Order (MCO) is getting some decent food. So I’ve decided to just spend time cooking all my meals. Here is a selection of some food I’ve cooked over the MCO period.

Fried Pasta (Indian Style)
Rava Dosa with Soy Meal Maker Peratal

Getting wholemeal bread during the MCO is another challege. It is always out of stock at the grocery store near my house. It’s a nationwide problem as everyone is just buying in bulk these days.

So I decided to just try making chapati. Bought some Atta flour and this can just be my wholemeal replacement bread. Yesterday was the first day I tried it. It was a bit difficult to get the right consistency for the dough and I could barely make it round. But it tasted really good. Yummy! Cooked some vegetarian soy fish peratal to go with it.

Preparing the chapati dough
Chapati with some vegetarian fish peratal.ย 

I’m going to attempt the chapati again today and try ot make it round. I’ll post some photos later.

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Panic Buying & MCO Extension

So the Prime Minister announced that the lock-down or Movement Control Order (MCO) has been extended till April 14th 2020. I think most Malaysians were sort of expecting it. Earlier today, I went to the grocery shop, near my house, to get some basic food items. Huge crowd and a long queue. I was a bit hesitant to go in but decided to just go and browse some items while waiting for the crowd at the cashier to disperse.

Most items were sold out. No eggs, no Atta flour, no salt(!), no bread, no onions. There was a lady and a man who were engaged in a shouting match at the counter. Seemed like she was unhappy that he was either allegedly cutting the queue or buying too many things. Then there was another man who came and bout 10 bags of rice. That’s a whopping 50kgs of rice. The store lady told me that eggs will be arriving later in the day, so I asked her to keep a tray for me, which I will collect later in the evening. Took a few things which I needed and headed home.

Wanted to pack some thosai from the stall nearby the grocery shop. I placed my order and as I was waiting, an older man arrived and ordered thosai but was turned down as there was no more flour. So I cancelled my order and told the stall uncle to pass it on to the older man. I think he was really looking forward to eating thosai. He seemed like a regular. In fact he brought his own Gingelly oil in his bag for the thosai! I packed some sambar and decided to make my own Rava Thosai.

First time trying to make Rava thosai. Came out crumbly but was still very tasty. Somehow eating food you cook yourself is always satisfying!

I’ll have to accept the fact that my classes will continue to be cancelled till the 14th of April and hope that it does not get further extended. Yesterday, India announced a 21-day shut down. Imagine all the people who get paid daily (construction workers, restaurant workers, cleaners etc.). Will be a very tough and trying time for all of them.

For once, Donald Trump actually made some sense. He tweeted:


This is actually true. In the case of India and the poverty stricken, many may end up with starvation, hunger and possibly even suicide. We pray and hope that things will turn around soon for everyone affected by this.

Prayers and blessings to all. ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿงก


Stop Spreading Fake News

One of the big challenges that I face during this lock down period is the amount of WhatsApp messages being shared around, with all kinds of alleged incidents. Considering that I am not in many groups, I am sure that others are receiving much more.

If you received any such messages, before forwarding it out to others, do a quick search online to verify if is true. Otherwise, you are not only guilty of spreading false new, but also instilling unnecessary fear in others.

It would be helpful if that one actually finds any useful information and share that instead such as scientific articles. Earlier today, I read a wonderful informative piece on Malaysiakini, which was made available for free. (you don’t need to be subscribed to read the full article)

Covid-19: Who gets tested and how it works

Such a wonderful piece by Koh Jun Lin. If you are looking to better understand the procedure to be tested by Covid-19, do read it up and share it with your family and friends.

This type of information should have been published on official channels. Kudos to Malaysiakini for getting this out there. I am sure it will be widely shared on social platforms as this is the type of information the public is looking for.

Stay safe. Stay at home. In the meantime, watch this video below which explains a little about the virus.