It’s beginning to feel a lot like 2020

As I clocked out from work and walked past the pisang goreng stall near the office on Dec 30, I heard a customer wishing the stall owner ‘Selamat Tahun Lama‘ (Happy Old Year).

Harap-harap tak begitulah nak (I hope that’s not the situation, son), said the pisang goreng seller.

I didn’t give the conversation much thought.

Just like many others, I hoped this year would slowly get better for everyone.

But as floods cripple the east coast states and with the alarming increase in Covid-19 cases, this is not the start to 2021 that everyone had hoped for.

There is already panic-buying in certain areas following whispers of another MCO-type lockdown making its rounds on Wednesday.

Business owners are concerned about what the future holds for them.

Parents with school-going kids are worried they will be spending unnecessarily buying new uniforms and shoes if schools remain closed.

Those who signed up their kids for kindergarten are wondering if they made the right decision.

The plight of the ordinary folk is real.

Many are still finding it tough to put food on the table.

There are those who are still coming to terms after losing their jobs.

A friend’s car was repossessed by the bank, despite being informed his application for an extension of a moratorium was being processed.

I am sure he is not alone.

I know people who are unable to adapt to the new normal, as they find it tough to step out of their homes.

Our frontliners are battling fatigue. Our hospitals and quarantine centres are reaching maximum capacity as private hospitals are being told to step up in the fight against an unseen virus.

Yet, some see it fit to call for a general election.

Malaysians, like the rest of the world, sacrificed so much last year.

In March 2020, we were told to stay at home.

When June arrived, it was time to adapt to the new normal and we embraced stricter SOPs (for a second time) in October.

During his New Year’s eve speech, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyddin Yassin said the government aims to uplift public health by the acquisition of Covid-19 vaccines and to implement a nationwide vaccination programme this year.

Anxiety is, however, building up as we await the announcement on the next course of action to prevent a fourth wave of Covid-19 cases.

Deja vu? Tahun lama?

It’s beginning to feel a lot like 2020.

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