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Are Malaysians excited that cinemas are reopening?
The latest ruling by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob to allow the cinemas in Phase 1 states has brought mix feelings to Malaysians.
Some are glad to experience the cinema but some are wary that move will contribute to increase cases.
Wilson Tan a movie buff is excited to return to the cinemas because there are movies not available on online streaming platforms.
He said that the upcoming movie Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings by Marvel Studios is not available on the Disney+ Hotstar app.
That only left him with hopes that the government opened cinemas soon but at an appropriate time.
The psychology student added that the cinema experience was on another level compared to watching it at home. Wilson was one of those who managed to watch Godzilla vs. Kong in cinemas during March.
He said, “Yes definitely it was better to watch it in the cinema because seeing creatures like that wouldn’t have the same feel if you watch it on the TV screen, it’s meant to be big and so only in cinema can u feel it’s larger than life presence as well as the enhance sound effects.”
Other Malaysians on social media was on the cautions side of the government’s decision.
John Lee on Facebook wrote that the entertainment shouldn’t had opened up to soon.
He added, “Other countries have already shown us what has happened when they opened up too soon. Our nation’s vaccination rate is only about reaching 50%. Our younger generation not vaccinated at all.”
Eddy San who has been sharing Covid-19 preventions on his Facebook page warened that the virus should never been taken lightly.
“If you choose to end up in the ICU, go ahead. Many people now just forgot SOP ever since the economy opens up.”
He cited that the Health Director General had previously said the economy is opening up not because it’s safe but for economic purposes.
The Prime Minister in his announcement yesterday urged that all parties involved in the opening will comply to the current SOPs to avoid any risk and violating the laws.
He was positive that Malaysia would reach the endemic stage at the end of October and is committed to recover the nation for the ‘Malaysian Family’.
-THE MALAYSIA VOICE