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Now that the interstate travel ban has been lifted

by | Oct 11, 2021 | Opinions | 0 comments

BY: CHRISTOPHER FERNANDEZ

The word ‘interstate travel’ actually gained popularity and became common when it was imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus around the country. In the past any such travelling would have been referred to simply as ‘outstation travel’.

Why the phrase interstate travel came to be used was because this was a worldwide phenomenon and it spread like wildfire to indicate that you cannot travel between states in a country as you might spread the coronavirus.

It is also probably in Malaysia when interstate travel suffered the longest ban compared to other countries around the world. Malaysians were really locked up and in lockdown for an unusually long period of time.

This is why as of midnight October 11, Malaysians are letting loose and running out like crazy to enjoy the great outdoors releasing long entrenched and pent-up frustrations that have caused mental health issues to surface tremendously.

But while Malaysians are beginning to bask in the idea of being able to engage in domestic tourism the authorities have strongly cautioned that there be due vigilance and people will be compliant with the prevailing SOPs.

Perhaps the ban on interstate travel was like swatting a fly with a sledgehammer, an overreaction by the authorities in trying to curtail the coronavirus and thank god better sense has now prevailed as people are able to now move on with their lives.

-THE MALAYSIA VOICE

** The views expressed on this opinion is of the writer and not the publisher

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