PETALING JAYA: As daily Covid-19 cases breached the 11,000 mark today, social media users were quick to react to the news on Twitter.
“WTF 11K” has been trending in the country with people sharing images (memes), mainly complaining about the extended lockdowns and blaming the Perikatan Nasional-led (PN) government, in particular, the minister of international trade and industry (Miti) Mohamed Azmin Ali.
One user @millenialrabbit said: “WTF 11K??! I stayed at home since the first day and yet the cases still keep increasing till 11K?! What is going on now?? What’s the function of staying at home if the cases are still growing in numbers?”
Another said: “Wow, congratulations Malaysia! We finally reached 10K at last! i mean, WTF 11K!
I just have one thing to say… lockdown is bulls*it. Not to say it has reduced cases, in fact it has spiked crazily! #KerajaaanGagal #KerajaanBodoh #KerajaanPembunuh #MalaysiaBoleh.”
Azmin has been at the receiving end of most of the backlash. His ministry oversees the approvals for factories and businesses to operate during the lockdown.
Meanwhile, factory and workplace clusters have been on the rise contributing to higher community transmissions, especially in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.
Speaking on the issue, one user @_anarafiq suggested for EMCOs at all factories that are open for 14 to 21 days.
“All workers must stay at the factory. Bosses need to provide food and temporary accommodation on site, such as cabins for workers.
“Since they want profits, then they need to spend some money as cost.”
He said one of the criteria for the Miti approval letter for factories to operate during this time should therefore be temporary and proper workers accommodation.
“Or else, they cannot get the letter and should not be allowed to operate. Don’t mix the workers with others in the community.”
Another netizen said it seemed that the total lockdown had not produced any result, calling it “pointless”.
On a similar note, another said: “So now, tell me what’s the function of a movement control order (MCO) if the cases are not decreasing??? Wtf 11k.”
The health ministry reported a record high 11,079 Covid-19 cases and 125 deaths in the past 24 hours.
The previous record high of infections was 9,353 on July 10.
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