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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:

…THE CURE CANNOT BE WORSE (by far) THAN THE PROBLEM!…

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

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