by Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye
The SOPs that Malaysians have so far been following are logical and would certainly have met their objectives, that is to keep Covid-19 at bay.
Additional SOPs that are imposed from time to time must also have the same objective for the same result.
But the latest SOP that Chinese New Year celebrations, as decided by the National Security Council, can be held only at home and are limited to family members living under the same roof is illogical and does not make sense.
In effect the SOP prevents family members living in the same locality or neighbourhood from having dinner together.
This has caused unnecessary unhappiness and even ridicule by the usually compliant public.
Family members living nearby should be allowed to join dinner together at the same house so long as they follow the accepted SOPs, like keeping the required physical distances, wearing masks, washing hands and not hugging one another.
Surely they will know how to take care of themselves and will not cause problems to their loved ones.
I wish to suggest to the National Security Council (NSC) to review its latest SOP and tailor it to make sense of the CNY celebrations.
This dinner is different from the normal Reunion Dinner when families from far and near get together for a time of rejoicing. This dinner is just a function for families and friends living nearby.
Amending the latest SOP to make it logical will add a little comfort for families and close family friends living near each other, providing them a little respite in these troubling times. They need this time of bonding.
Allowing this will not cause any spike in Covid-19, compared to other activities that have been allowed.
TAN SRI LEE LAM THYE, SOCIAL ACTIVIST