It has been four months since COVID-19 reached our shores. And in a couple of days, it would have been exactly a month since the Movement Restriction Order (MCO) was enforced in Malaysia. Life as we knew it has changed and everyone is still grappling with this new normal as the MCO is extended for another two weeks.
While we stay at home, let us not forget those who are out there continuing to provide essential services and making sure that we are safe during this unprecedented pandemic. Many are not receiving the appreciation that they deserve. Some of them are even being verbally and emotionally abused by those that they unwaveringly serve.
There are frontline healthcare workers who continue to work tirelessly around the clock trying to fight this pandemic. Law enforcement officers who guard us day and night against those who try to disobey the MCO. Postal and delivery workers who are working extra hard delivering all our needs right to our doorsteps. Volunteers and many others.
They are our real-life heroes. Without them, we would be in a dire situation. It is time we stand together and give our heartfelt thanks to all of them for their services and efforts. This pandemic has claimed many lives, but it should not be allowed to claim the very foundation of our humanity, our relationships and our culture.
This pandemic has claimed many lives, but it should not be allowed to claim the very foundation of our humanity, our relationships and our culture.
So, thank you. We rightfully acknowledge your sacrifices and courage as you continue to work through this unprecedented time, caring for us, keeping us safe and providing us with all of our needs while you put yours aside. You deserve so much more than this simple note of gratitude for fighting in this war for us. Thank you.
p/s: Mariah Carey paid tribute to those who take care of their communities during this pandemic by singing her famous song – “Hero”, on Easter Sunday. I don’t celebrate Easter (although many of my readers do) and I sure don’t sing like Mariah, but the message in that song and what she said couldn’t be more timely. I dedicate it to all of you, heroes.
We are far from reaching the end of this war against an invisible threat, but together we will support and help each other. So, for those of you who would like to give back to our real-life heroes, I’ve also gathered a list of ways you can help support them in this difficult time, as below: