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AIA recently ran a poll on how healthy Malaysians have been during the MCO

Previously, according to the Malaysia’s Healthiest Workplace by AIA Vitality survey, up to 66% of Malaysians did not exercise on a regular basis. Besides that, a whopping 90% of Malaysians were found to have an unhealthy diet.

With the recent Movement Control Order (MCO), AIA wanted to see how working from home has actually affected the health of Malaysians. That’s why they came up with a poll across multiple platforms, and the results have been surprising.

Over 41,000 Malaysians took part in the poll. Here are some of the interesting results they found:

1. Nearly 5 in 10 Malaysians have been getting better sleep since they started working from home

In the poll, around 25,000 Malaysians said they’ve had more restful sleep compared to before the MCO. For those working from home, you not only get to skip the commute, you don’t even need to get dressed or put on makeup! You can literally roll out of bed at 8.55am and start work at 9am in your PJs.

2. Almost half of Malaysians have also been exercising more at home

The poll showed that 45% of respondents have actually been working out more since the start of the MCO. Perhaps all the viral TikTok fitness challenges like the #PlankChallenge had a part to play!

3. It’s good to know that more Malaysians are eating healthier compared to before

According to the poll, up to 43% of Malaysians have been eating healthier since the MCO started. It’s most probably because we can no longer go out to eat and instead took to our kitchens (some of us even started growing our own taugeh)!

The great thing about homecooked food is that it tends to be much lower in sodium, and you can throw in all kinds of vegetables to make sure each meal is nutritious.

4. Around 42% of Malaysians have been keeping in touch with each other during the MCO

If there is one thing the MCO has done, it’s brought us together and helped us reconnect with family and friends. Video call apps like Zoom have become second nature to us, while online games like Animal Crossing, Houseparty, and Skribbl have become popular Malaysian hangout spots.

5. However, one thing that most Malaysians found hard was to be productive when working from home

Even with the healthier eating, sleeping, and fitness habits, 62% of Malaysians said they were less productive when working from home. Many employees have to prepare their own meals and take care of kids at home, making it easier to get distracted during working hours.

Besides that, although video call apps and productivity tools like Google Docs make working remotely possible, nothing beats face-to-face communication at work.

Despite the circumstances, Malaysians took the opportunity of staying at home to pick up healthier habits

As we learnt to rethink the way we work, we also learnt how important it is to stay healthy, whether it’s physically, mentally, or emotionally. Nevertheless, as people start to go back to work and we adjust to the new normal, it’s not always easy to keep up a healthy lifestyle.

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Recently you might’ve seen photos of leather shoes and bags at a Malaysian mall covered in mould after being left alone for the past few months during the movement control order (MCO).

With the humid atmosphere and no proper air circulation, mould has started to grow on other surfaces as well. One of them is cinema seats!

Several photos posted on social media shows the horrifying sight of white and fuzzy mould covering all the seats in a cinema theatre somewhere in Malaysia.

It wasn’t specified where the exact location is, but netizens are saying it happened in Ipoh, Perak, reported China Press. Needless to say, this could be the case for other cinema theatres in Malaysia as well since all cinema businesses were not in operation for the past few months.

Mould grows in moist environments and fabrics such as upholstery can absorb the moisture from the air and provide an ideal place for mould to grow, according to Home Guides.

This poses a serious risk to the health of anyone who goes to these places if they were to reopen without proper deep cleansing as mould can cause respiratory problems. According to WebMD, exposure to mould can irritate your eyes, skin, nose, throat and lungs.

Some people who are more sensitive to mould could experience allergic reactions like sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, skin rash and asthma attacks for those with asthma.

Now that businesses are starting to open again, we hope that the owners will look into this serious problem and get rid of all signs of mould before letting customers back into their shops. If you spot mould on surfaces, do alert the shop owners about it.

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Today (4th of May, 2020) marks the beginning of the Covid-19 Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) and we’re just not prepared for the chaos that may ensue.

For example, the Bayan Baru Wet Market in Penang is already experiencing a surge of customers with no regard for social distancing last weekend.

The Penang Kini Facebook page took to their profile to share an explanation from an authoritative figure who is stationed that the market to enforce social distancing.

The caption said, “The lively scene, which was recorded at the Bayan Baru Wet Market at 6:30am this morning (3rd May).”

They then shared an explanation by one of the officers in charge at the market who chose to remain anonymous.

“I am one of the officers in charge at the Bayan Baru Wet Market. We were given orders to guard the market from 7am up until 12pm. Only two doors are opened, the front door for entry and the back door for exit, and all the entry ways have been closed and watched over by officers to make sure that we can control the amount of people that go in.”

He also added that there is a special lane dedicated to the elderly people, pregnant women and the disabled.

The officer then went on to explain that many people caught wind that all the doors will be closed from 7am onwards and people will then have to queue up to enter the market. To avoid the long queues, they’re willing to head to the market before 7am.

“They have found out that we close the doors at 7am and only allow 15-20 people to enter at a time, only when some have gone out through the back door will we allow more to enter, depending on how many people have exited. Many have complained that they are forced to wait for a long time in the long queue to enter. Often times we were scolded and insulted for not letting them enter faster.

“We, as officers, are just doing the job we were ordered to do. Whatever is happening in this image is out of our control as these customers enter before 7am, at their own will,” the officer explained.

We reached out to the market to verify if this indeed happened, and we received confirmation. However, this only occurred during the weekend and the market has since implemented stricter safe distancing protocols.

They lamented to us saying that, “This is happening because people don’t want to line up. Authorities only allow 50 people inside, and they do not want to wait so long.”

Either way, people should understand the important of safe distancing and not be worried about having to wait in long lines, thus jeopardising their own health.

After all, we don’t want a repeat of the Covid-19 cases at Petaling Jaya’s markets.

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The 4th of May, 2020 marks the 48th day of Movement Control Order (MCO) that the Malaysian government has implemented since 18th March. It also marks the first day of Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) where most businesses are allowed to reopen in order to ease pressure on the economy.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin made the announcement on Labour Day (1st May) to ease restrictions on the MCO as Malaysia has incurred an estimated RM63 billion loss since the MCO was implemented, reported NST.

He said that if the MCO were to be extended for another month, the country will incur another RM35 billion loss, bringing the total losses to an estimated RM98 billion.

However, while there is an ease of restrictions to save the economy, there is also the concern that there could be a resurgence of Covid-19 infections in the community if Malaysians are allowed to go back into the ‘outside world’.

Health experts have voiced their concerns that there could be a third wave of infections due to the CMCO and that a “lack of preparation will result in the unsuccessful implementation of the SOP, increased risks, frustration, conflict, public tension, and most importantly, increased infection and spread of the disease.”

3-digit increases of Covid-19 cases in the past two days

Well, their concerns may be warranted as Malaysia recorded three-digit increases in cases in the past two days with 105 new cases recorded on 2nd May and 122 new cases recorded on 3rd May. This comes just two days before the start of the CMCO after almost two weeks of just two-digit increases.

But the question goes back to the people – are Malaysians happy with the decisions made by the government?

We interviewed a few Malaysians about what they think of the ease of restrictions and here’s what they have to say:

  • “A step forward for the MCO only to take two steps backward with this CMCO. Not only does it make our government look bad with fickle decision making (announcing CMCO just days after MCO extension to 12th May), it erases all progress that we have made by staying at home for the past two months. Businesses understandably should be allowed to open to keep the economy running but why should sports be allowed? Does the government think the virus is blind to groups of nine but not 10? If you know what’s good for you, stay at home.” – Liew, 22. 
  • “I think the government should stick to completing the 4th MCO till 12 May before suddenly introducing the CMCO which I feel is premature. We had people disobeying MCO, what makes you think they will comply to CMCO? Government should know our people better before implementing a new SOP.” – Mr Tan, 54.
  • “Malaysians have not understood the risks of contact infections and still think that wearing masks will suffice. Masks give people a sense of false security. If people must come out in droves, they should wear a three-foot-diameter tyre around them to ensure that only tyres bump into tyres. This will give business to our rubber industry. WFH is the new normal. But if people must go to the office, the use of bathrooms and pantries will pose a big problem. So stay home.” – Ms Mok, 55.
  • “I feel like the CMCO is not that great of a move as it feels like we stayed at home during the MCO for nothing. On another hand, we can’t always live in fear of the virus and the economy is already not that good. It’s a chicken and egg thing and I believe that maybe it was implemented a little too hastily (with only 3 days to prepare!).” – Paris, 24. 
  • “The CMCO situation is 50-50 in my opinion. It is rather unnecessary to loosen the rules right in the beginning of the MCO phase 4, because cases are already seeing a resurgence, and Malaysians are already crowding places. However, I also think the government is just doing the best they can to run the country, and losing more money isn’t going to help us in any way either so re-opening economic sectors is the smart move to help the country run again.” – Uni student, 24.
  • “I genuinely think it’s a bad idea to ease the MCO, especially since humans are known to take advantage of and underestimate certain situations. Keep the MCO going until the authorities can confirm there are no more Covid-19 cases in Malaysia, then maybe the CMCO can come into play.” – Hara, 26. 

However, some think that easing restrictions is no big deal.

  • “In some ways, the implementation of the CMCO seems like the ending of a monster movie. Just when you thought the monster has been killed, oop, an egg with its spawn will crack. Some of the moves does seem a little… unnecessary? Because let’s be honest, no one died from going alone to get groceries. But at the same time, we have to realise that not all of us are in the same boat. It’s easier to say STAY HOME when your home is a mansion instead of a low-cost flat. While the MCO can be relaxed, it probably should’ve been done in stages instead of just Crash Landing On Us!” – Thermesh, 24. 

Well, it seems like most Malaysians don’t agree with the CMCO, but we also have to consider how much of an impact the MCO has made on the economy. Nevertheless, we need to have hope that things will get better soon!

In the meantime, you know what to do – practise social distancing, wear a mask, regularly wash your hands and stay home if you have no reason to go out.

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When it comes down to respecting the laws of the Movement Control Order, it is becoming increasingly apparent and obvious that the Malaysian government is not playing around. Whether if you are just a common layman or a VIP, those who are found to have breached the MCO will have to be accountable for their actions.

And according to The New Straits Times, not even ministers in government are spared from the law’s reach as Deputy Health Minister Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali and state executive councillor (exco) Razman Zakaria will reportedly be charged in court tomorrow over breaching the MCO.

Both men were recently seen in photos that went viral online, showing them joining over 30 other people, including students, over a meal at a tahfiz centre during the MCO period. Mr Razman even described how they were served kampung dishes at their gathering.

This revelation was revealed by Perak police chief Datuk Razarudin Husain to NST, who confirmed that both men will meet at the Gerik Magistrate Court tomorrow morning. Speaking with Free Malaysia Today, Perak CID chief Anuar Othman has also said that the duo will be charged under Rule 6 of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within the Infected Local Areas) Regulations.

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Being apart from our loved ones when they need us the most is one of the hardest things to feel. Imagine how this mother felt when her deceased son was buried and she could only watch from a phone screen.

According to a Twitter thread, Sazriman, also known as Man had taken a new job as a nurse for a man during the MCO as he didn’t want to stay at home when he could lend his expertise to patients needing home care. Man told us that he started his job on 6th April.

The patient was a 36-year-old man who was terminally ill, his family put in a request for someone to be around him, taking care of him till he draws his last breath. In addition to that, his request was to pass on at home.

Man then went to work and he got the night shift (7pm – 7am). He was quite nervous as he didn’t know what to expect of his patient. The old caretaker proceeded to tell Man what to do and completed the pass over. On the first night, Man felt like he really bonded with his patient. They talked and the patient told Man that he was determined to fight on so that he can see his mother who is in Boston, USA.

“My mum can’t come back because there are lockdowns everywhere. I’m scared that she’ll miss the day I pass on but I will not let it happen, because I’m a fighter.”

Before Man’s shift ended, the patient told him that he did a good job and he’s looking forward to seeing him again. When he came back that night, the patient was not really energetic but he still managed to talk. As the third day progresses into night, the patient’s condition took a turn and they had to call the ambulance so that the patient can be brought to a private hospital.

The hospital they were at had no ICU rooms and they called four to five other hospitals but they all came back with the same answer. There was one other hospital which had rooms but it would have cost them RM15,000. Speaking to the mother on the phone, RM15,000 was way out of their budget, so they had to go home.

The despaired mother kept calling Man to ask for updates as she couldn’t be there with her dying son. Most of the time, she would be crying on the phone. Later on, the patient became unconscious. A few of his friends, who only got to know of his condition at that time, came to visit him individually.

Man and the patient’s younger siblings have been taking turns to take care of the unconscious man and there were already signs that he was going to pass on. When he was near death, his mother could only look at her beloved son’s face from a cellphone screen, 15 ,000 kilometres away. The patient, although near death, kept on fighting but they could see that he was suffering. So his parents said,

“Go on my child, we have already accepted it. You don’t have to fight it anymore, we’ll meet in the afterlife.”

It was not known how much time had passed, but when the patient finally took his last breath, everyone, including his mother who was on video call burst into tears. Then they followed through with the funeral processions and as the deceased was laid to rest in the ground, his parents watched through the glass screen.

Man was paid for that day too, not as a nurse or caretaker but as the person who was there for them and the person who held the phones on video call during the whole ritual.

Man would like to tell everyone,

“For those of you at home with your family, spend time with them and appreciate them. You might not know if it will be the last day you might spend together.”

The mom reached out to WORLD OF BUZZ, sharing her heartbreaking story. She said,

“I would like to share this story with those who are not fluent or do not know Bahasa Malaysia. The mother is me and it’s so heart wrenching for a mother who was not able to fulfill her dying son’s last wish during the MCO as I am in Boston, US.”

This s truly a heartbreaking tale. Thoughts and prayers go out to the deceased family and may he rest in peace. With this Covid-19 pandemic going on, we should all just stay at home to lessen the risk of contracting the virus. Please, stay home.

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Everyone at home has been applauding the efforts of Dr. Noor Hisham, our Health Director- General who has been working tirelessly to curb the spread of Covid-19. In addition to that, most of us have also spent quite a lot of days at home and our efforts are starting to wield results.

According to The Star, almost 4,000 Covid-19 patients have been discharged from our hospitals! Dr. Noor Hisham then says that this is due to the early phases of MCO.

“We are now in a recovery phase. We have been able to flatten the curve and have prevented the exponential surge of cases.”

We are now on the last day of the third phase and by tomorrow we will be entering the fourth phase. Dr. Noor Hisham mentioned that our 43 laboratories nation-wide have a combined testing capability of 16,635 samples per day.

In addition to that, the Institute for Medical Research and the Kota Kinabalu Public Health Laboratory in Sabah will be using the Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI)’s automated testing device which could test up to 6,000 samples daily.

“Capacity-wise, that’s good. We were told that the city of Guangdong in China, which has a population of 110 million people, conducts 30,000 tests a day. We are on our way to conducting 22,000 tests in a day.”

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has put out a benchmark stating that out of all the Covid-19 tests that have been done, only 10% of them should be positive. Dr. Noor Hisham says that for Malaysia, it’s only 4% which is great.

“This shows our targeted approach in Covid-19 testing, where we aim for high-risk localities, is showing results.”

Well, this is definitely brilliant news to hear! We should all continue to stay at home during the rest of this MCO so that we can get this over with quickly!

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It’s Day 42 of the Movement Control Order and as of now, netizens can be split into two groups, one who has settled into a quarantined life and another group are those who still choose to deliberately violate the MCO. Unless you have an absolute emergency or if you’re out getting essentials, there’s no reason for you to be going out at all. These people who got arrested probably missed the memo.

13 men including a barber were arrested in Jalan Mengkuang, Butterworth yesterday for getting a haircut. Sinar Harian reported that the police received information from the public that there was a barber premise operating in secret before they raided the shop at 3.30pm.

Seberang Perai District Police Chief, Assistant Commissioner Noorzainy Mohd Noor said that the 13 men, aged 20-40 were all arrested in violation of the MCO.

“They were found to be in violation of the MCO and also the owner of the premise allowing customers to come and get a haircut.”

The case is currently being investigated under Section 269 of the Penal Code and Regulations (11) of the 1 Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures Within the Local Area of ​​Infections) 2020.

Getting a haircut is NOT A NECESSITY! We can all look messy if it means we get to keep the country safe and get rid of the Covid-19 virus. The MCO can only end if and only if we all give our full cooperation. If you happen to find any illegal mass gathering that didn’t maintain social distancing, let the authorities know immediately!

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It has been weeks since we started the MCO period and most Malaysians are getting restless as the period keeps getting extended. But no one is more affected by the current situation than the uncles and aunties who are running those gerais by the roadside. These businesses rely on day-to-day sales to gain a source of income but with most people staying in, these hawkers have found that running a business (at least, in the traditional sense) is near impossible.

The 73 Coffee House, that specialises in coffee beverages, was started by Syafiqa’s dad. Much like other sellers out there, this family business also had its humble beginnings. They first started by setting up a DIY stall in front of their house back in 2016 and serving takeaway drinks to the customers.

As they slowly progressed by introducing new menu items, the hardships and all their hard work began to pay off when they started to gain more recognition from loyal customers and turned one stall into three, complete with tables and chairs to provide a comfy lepak spot for dining customers.

Struggles due to the MCO since day #1

Unfortunately, 73 Coffee House, along with many other hawkers nationwide, stumbled upon a huge setback when our government first announced the Movement Control Order and Malaysians everywhere were advised to stay at home at all times. According to Syafiqa, the family tried to remain optimistic and still decided to proceed with the business on the first day of MCO, but only allowed takeaway orders.

“Even from the first day, we noticed a huge difference. We had no customers and we didn’t even see anyone on the streets as people were obeying the government’s order to stay inside.”

The situation is even worse for Syafiqa as her stall is not located on a public street with lots of traffic. She explained that all this while, the stall grew through word of mouth and recommendations from customers within the stall’s close vicinity. This meant that with the absence of their loyal customers, it would be hard for them to attract new ones.

With that, Syafiqa’s family decided to shut down 73 Coffee House indefinitely

The decision to pause the business certainly did not come easily, as the stall had been their main source of income for years. The revenue they garnered from the stall would usually be used for daily spendings and other necessities, which was why it was worrying for them to lose such a huge resource for the family.

As the family awaits the end of the MCO period that keeps getting pushed further, Syafiqa and her family have to rely on their savings, as well as governmental aids such as zakat and the recently announced Economic Stimulus package, in order to survive and pay off their commitments.

“We were extremely worried when we found out that MCO was getting extended. None of our family members are currently working since we’re all committed to this stall. With our savings running low, the extension is not just impacting our business but our whole livelihood.”

Trying out a new venture

Soon enough, Syafiqa received a phone call that seemed like the answer to her and her family’s prayers. A Maybank employee called and offered her stall a part in Maybank’s latest online venture called Sama-Sama Lokal.

As part of their initiative to help small-time hawkers and gerai owners to stay afloat during these difficult times, Maybank introduced Sama-Sama Lokal, an online platform on Maybank2u that helps connect customers to their favourite local food stalls that might not be available on food delivery apps.

And how do you order through Sama-Sama Lokal? Simple! All you need to do is visit the website, search for your favourite hawkers and contact them directly to place an order. Maybank2u will arrange the delivery of your order and the best part is, delivery is FREE for selected locations! So, check out the website now to find out which of your favourite restaurants have free delivery.

Syafiqa mentioned that the reason she decided to apply for this service, instead of all the other food delivery services out there, was because of the simplified mechanism in the ordering process. She was also delighted at how the online application was super easy and there are also NO charges for the merchants to be listed on the platform.

“This service will definitely ease up the financial burden of hawkers as it’s more convenient for both the sellers and consumers, especially since we’re communicating via WhatsApp and phone calls which are what we’re most familiar with.”

She commended Maybank’s efforts to introduce this service as she believes that this will be able to help tons of merchants out there, considering that this timely launch comes just ahead of the extension of the MCO until 28 April 2020.

Apart from helping the merchants, it will also offer contentment to consumers as we stay at home for a while longer.

Other than your favourite hawkers, consumers can also head to Sama-Sama Lokal to get your groceries, health services & food delivery services. The best thing about shopping with these suppliers? You’ll be supporting our lokal business heroes in this time of need!

Interested to try out these new features? For more information on Sama-Sama Lokal, simply visit their website for the list of merchants and how to order. And if you’d like to support more hawkers like Syafiqa, you can even recommend your favourite hawker stalls on the website and Maybank2u will reach out to them!

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It has been more than a month since the Movement Control Order (MCO) started on 18 March and all residents of Malaysia are ordered to stay at home. Employees have turned their homes into makeshift offices while students are tuning in to online classes.

Some might see this period of time as a good thing, with families being together and having plenty of time to rest and relax. However, what happens behind those closed doors are stories too many are afraid to tell. Trapped in their own homes, these silent sufferers are victims of domestic violence.

For these women, having their husband home is anything but comforting and this applies to little children as well. This is because the MCO has made violence at home more frequent and dangerous, but many women are finding it hard to reach out for help.

Domestic violence increased during MCO

We contacted the Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO), Malaysia’s first domestic violence shelter and now the largest service provider for domestic violence survivors in the country, and asked them to share with us the statistics of domestic violence happening in the country ever since the MCO was implemented.

Between February and March 2020, the WAO’s hotline has seen a 44.4% increase in calls and enquiries. They received 226 calls in January, 250 calls in February and 361 calls in March.

WAO Advocacy and communications officer, Tan Heang-Lee, said that these victims are now at a greater risk because they are trapped in the house all day with the abuser. Furthermore, it is even harder for them to reach out for help as the abuser may be monitoring their every move.

“Domestic violence is about maintaining power and control,” she said.

“And in this crisis, isolation and concerns over health and finances can further aggravate an abuser’s desire to exert power and control.”

The WAO also mentioned that the lack of shelters during the MCO has forced some domestic violence survivors to sleep in their cars and has since urged the government to provide victims with a safe place they can go to like hotels or hostels, or by collaborating with the private sector, reported MalaysiaKini.

Here are the different tactics abusers use to establish power and control:

Domestic violence is shown in a behavioural pattern and abusers often use different tactics to establish power and control.

Using intimidation – Abusers make their victims afraid by using looks, gestures and violent actions like smashing things or displaying weapons.

Using emotional abuse – Abusers make their victims feel bad about themselves and turn the situation around on them to make them feel guilty while playing mind games with them.

Using isolation – Abusers are control freaks and they will do anything to stop their victims from meeting other people, limiting their outside activity and using jealousy to justify their actions.

Using male privilege – Abusers treat their victims like a servant and disallow them from making any big decisions.

Using economic abuse – Abusers prevent their victims from getting a job and force their victims to ask for money. They take their victims money and block access to their family income.

Denying and blaming – Abusers make light of their abuse and disregard their victims’ concerns. They deny their actions and blame their victims for being the cause of their abusive actions.

These are just some of the tactics that abusers use to maintain power and control over their victims among many others.

The cycle of abuse: Why victims find it hard to escape

The reason why victims find it hard to escape the clutches of their abusers is that domestic violence often happens in cycles. Abusers would threaten their victims with violence, inflict abuse on them and apologise and promise to change, before starting the cycle again.

According to WAO, the cycle of abuse includes four phases: (1) Tensions building, (2) Incident, (3) Reconciliation and (4) Calm. This cycle is very clearly explained in this diagram:

Mix of violent and ‘honeymoon’ phase confuses the victims

As the cycle shows, abusers may not be actively violent all the time. This is because there is a mix of both the violent phase and the “honeymoon” phase which makes abuse confusing and hard to break away from.

It is a tactic for abusers to maintain power and control and those who recognise the signs of domestic violence should break the cycle and reach out for help.

Domestic violence is a serious issue that Malaysian women are facing today, and more so during the MCO. If you know of someone who has a history of being a victim of abuse, call for help. Abusers should not get away with their cruel acts!

You can contact WAO at anytime of the day:

  • Hotline: +603 7956 3488
  • SMS/WhatsApp TINA: +6018 988 8058

Or you can reach out to KPWKM:

  • Talian Kasih: 15999
  • Police WhatsApp: 019-2615999.

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