Congrats, we survived a month of MCO

Dear Diary,

Congratulations to Health director-general Datuk Seri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah who was named by China Global TV Network as one of the three leading doctors fighting the spread of the Covid-19 virus. The others are the United States’ infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci and New Zealand’s director-general of health Dr Ashley Bloomfield.

Meanwhile, Higher Education Minister Datuk Noraini Ahmad is slammed for wearing personal protective equipment while visiting a Covid-19 lab at UiTM Private Specialist Centre in Sungai Buloh yesterday.

Our civil servants continue to shine while our politicians …

Here’s how Day 30 of the Movement Control Order (MCO) unfolded.

6am: STAY ACTIVE – Elite athletes share ideas on how to stay in shape.

7.30am: TOO SOON? – Serie A could resume next month behind closed doors says Italy’s leading infectious diseases specialist Giovanni Rezza. PGA of America plans to go ahead with the PGA Championship in August while the Tour de France says this year’s event will be held from Aug 29-Sept 20.

7.34am: DESPERATE TIMES – Canadian hospitals prepare to sterilize and re-use N95 masks if supplies dwindle. In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel says masks recommended in shops and public transport.


9.37am: WHAT’S IN A NAME? – The ‘19’ in ‘Covid-19’ refers to the disease first being detected in 2019 and not how many kilogrammes you will put on by the time MCO ends.

10.53am: VIRTUAL FOOTBALL – Kuala Lumpur Esports Association will organise KL FIFA20 competition from April 18-22 with support from Federal Territory Sports Council and FA of Malaysia. (For inquiries, call: +6013-281 3963 or +6012-517 9320.

11.13am: HERO – British World War II veteran Captain Tom Moore, 99, raises more than £12 million (RM65.21 million) for frontline health workers by completing 100 lengths of his 25m garden ahead of his 100th birthday at the end of the month. He had planned to raise only £1,000 (RM5,434) for a National Health Service charity after receiving treatment for a broken hip and cancer.

12.01pm: OH, MY! – My cousin Deborah Sta Maria just finished her MCO budget.

1.47pm: ENOUGH OF WARNINGS – Selangor police to handcuff those who violate MCO.

2pm: NO PICK-UP LINE – Government to allow E-bazaar during Ramadan but only for online orders and delivery – for now.

2.20pm: STOP IT – Malaysian Bar president Salim Bashir says the Bar is concerned over a video clip on social media of children who purportedly disobeyed the MCO.

3.19pm: WHY PANDEMIC? – My mum has the answer.

3.46pm: COVIDIOTS OF THE DAY – Three men, including a golf club manager, are arrested for playing golf in Batu Gajah.


4.45pm: RECIPE OF THE DAY – Still craving for bread? Try this.

5.39pm: BACK TO THREE DIGITS – There are 110 new cases which bring total to 5,182. One fatality puts death toll at 84 while 119 patients were discharged today, making it 2,766 who have been cured.

6pm: I WANT TO BREAK FREE – How most of us are feeling.