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Day 85 + 1 RMO: Recovery Phase

As of yesterday, 10 June 2020, Malaysia entered into the Recovery Phase of the RMO (Restricted Movement Order), 85 days after the RMO started on 18 March.

This Recovery phase, with end date 31 August 2020, means MOST businesses can operate as usual – but with new Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that constitute part of the “new normals” in 2020 A.C. (After Covid-19) in place.

The most welcome change in this phase is that domestic travel within Malaysia is now allowed and no longer restricted like in the previous stages. That also means tourism within the country can re-start and the tourism industry can start on the long road to recovering, being the industry worst-hit by the pandemic that forced travel restrictions worldwide.

How does this translates to our daily lives?

Well, it definitely spells the end of the work from home (WFH) period for most people, self-included. (Though it would be nice if more business start moving towards that and make working remotely easier.) And travelling within Malaysia for work is more convenient without the need for official authorisation letters and police permits.

However, international travel is still not allowed and our borders are still closed. That means Malaysians are still not allowed to leave the country and foreigners are not allowed in. Malaysians can return from other countries/overseas BUT will be placed under 14-days mandatory quarantine at quarantine centres (most are hotels) upon arrival, with a swab-test on day 10.

In general, Malaysians have so far been obedient in following the rules set by the government since the RMO began. SOPs have been followed and restrictions abided by. So when domestic travel was allowed, it was not a surprise that some popular travel destination saw up to a thousand of hotel bookings in less than an hour! No, actually that turned out to be fake news, but heck did it sound legit! Hehehe…

Legit news: AirAsia was quick to offer a RM399 “AirAsia Unlimited Pass” (for purchase for 3 days only starting today) that allows pass-holder to redeem unlimited point-to-point flights within Malaysia from 25 June 2020 till 31 March 2021. The gist of it, it will allow pass-holder to purchase “zero-fare” flight tickets by paying only the taxes and service charges etc during the travel period. Worth it or not? Perhaps if you are going to be travelling often during the period… In any case, read the terms and conditions and FAQs before you purchase the pass and make an informed decision. Don’t anybody got time for regrets y’all.

2020 been an eventful year and we’re not even halfway through!

Let me leave you with this “recap” of what has happened so far:

Defuq bro..

Defuq bro..

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Stay safe y’all!

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The Idiots of Day 2 of the Restricted Movement Order (RMO)

Today is Day 2 of the Restricted Movement Order (RMO), and 2nd day of my Working From Home (WFH) experience.

The latter provided some minor challenge today – like being unable to print anything since I don’t have a printer at home – and at the end of the day, my laptop had a weird message on its screen about the harddisk… PLEASE laptop don’t die on me during this WFH period!… Thankfully, shutting down and removing and putting back its battery solved the problem, hopefully permanently!

The RMO on the other hand was a major challenge to SOME people out there as I heard that there were still those who went out as if its just another day-off-work. But what really REALLY angered me today was hearing about a gathering of some THOUSANDS of people in Indonesia at an event similar to the one in Malaysia in Feb that caused this 2nd wave of COVID-19 cases in Malaysia and other countries. THESE PEOPLE ARE JUST CRAZY IRRESPONSIBLE! Sure, in the end the event was cancelled but these people were already gathered in close contact with one another – letting them go back out to the community at large/ to their respective countries (yes there were 83 from Malaysia, the idiots!) is just waiting for the 3rd wave to happen, even when this 2nd wave isn’t even over (some of the idiots from that gathering in Feb still hadn’t come forward for testing!!)

Ohh and, remember the night before the RMO took effect yesterday, that there were THOUSANDS who flocked all over the country and everyone sane feared that they would just be spreading COVID-19 to even more parts of the country? Well, today ONE of those who went back had actually already been tested but his result hadn’t come out, thus he was supposed to self quarantine but NnNnOoOOo… he had to travel back to his hometown, using public transport – and today his result came out and it was a POSITIVE! Well done idiot. Now how many people have you spread it to, huh?!

I’ve decided that from this point forward, in my blog at least, these irresponsibly selfish people (who carelessly spread the virus to others) will be referred to as idiots. Just. Plain. Idiots.

[Update (21 March): A generally accepted term for these idiots are “COVIDIOTS“.]

And the number of COVID-19 cases in Malaysia as of today = 900. Sigh.

For less depressing news, go to the next post.

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FOODPANDA review on DAY ONE of Malaysia’s Restricted Movement Order

Having stayed home all day, as required by the Restricted Movement Order (RMO), I decided to try FOODPANDA. This is the first time that I am using their service so I thought a review would be nice. (By the way, there’s a gift waiting for you so read on!)

Now, installing the FOODPANDA app on my phone was a breeze. So was creating my account.
The tricky part was actually deciding on what to order!

At the moment, in my city (Bintulu), they offer a wide selection from 77 restaurants, ranging from your usual fast-foods, like KFC and McDonald’s, and sushi, and restaurants selling local foods to desserts and beverages (bubble tea anyone?)

For my first order on the app, I decided to order some Fish & Chips from Coffee Dream Tea & Dessert. FOODPANDA actually had a promotion voucher where I could get a 30% discount on my order but by the time I placed my order, they had run out of the promotion voucher for the day. It must be due to the fact that MANY people were just staying home today (due to the RMO) and using FOODPANDA to order their food too. Oh well.

Ordering and payment was straightforward. After that, it was just waiting for the food to be prepared, the rider to collect it from the restaurant and then for the rider to reach you. And get this, the whole process from after placing your order and receiving your food only takes around 30 minutes!

Impressive delivery time.

If I had gone to the place itself, placed my order to take-away and come back home, it would easily take double that time.

Bon Apetit!

Overall, a positive experience using the FOODPANDA app. I reckon I will be using them quite often especially during this WFH (Work From Home) period.

You should too!

Here’s a gift for you:

Use this link to install the FOODPANDA app and it will give your RM15 off your next order!
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Day One of the Restricted Movement Order (RMO) and Working From Home (WFH)

2 days ago, 16 March 2020, Malaysia’s Prime Minister announced that the Government would implement the Restricted Movement Order (RMO) , from March 18, 2020 until March 31, 2020, throughout the country. This control order is made under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 and the Police Act 1967. Full announcement attached and the most important points quoted here:

(TLDR: Everyone is to stay home or WFH (work from home) as ALL PLACES except for essential services are to be CLOSED from 18 March until 31 March 2020.)

First, the general prohibition of mass movements and gatherings across the country including religious, sports, social and cultural activities. To enforce this prohibition, all houses of worship and business premises must be closed except for supermarkets, public markets, convenience stores and convenience stores selling everyday necessities. Specifically for Muslims, the adjournment of all religious activities in mosques and mosques including Friday prayers.

Secondly, all Malaysians who have just returned from overseas are required to undergo a health check and to do a quarantine (or self quarantine) for 14 days

Third, there will be restrictions on the entry of tourists/foreigners to Malaysia.

Fourth, closure of all kindergartens, government and private schools including daily schools, boarding schools, international schools, tahfiz centers and other primary, secondary and pre-university institutions.

Fifth, the closure of all public and private higher education institutions (HEIs) and skills training institutes nationwide.

Sixth, the closure of all government and private premises except those involved in essential services (water, electricity, energy, telecommunications, postal, transportation, irrigation, oil, gas, fuel, lubricants, broadcasting, finance, banking, health, pharmacy, fire, prison, harbor, airport, security, defense, cleaning, retail and food supply.

Of course, the purpose of the RMO is to create “social distancing” in the community – considering the HUGE spike in the number of COVID-19 positive cases in the days before (553 people to be exact as of 16 March 2020) – sadly, SOME people are either really ignorant or really selfish. These people, putting into jeopardy the purpose of the RMO in the first place, are taking the 2 weeks mandatory “leave” from work/schools to go to other parts of the country, or go on vacation, or dine-in and hang out in public places – all with the possibility that if any one of them is infected, they may infect others as well. (Don’t get me started on the THOUSANDS of people that flocked all over the country last night before the RMO took effect, crowding the highways and bus stations and police station to get permit to leave. HOW IRRESPONSIBLE!)

Well, today is 18 March, DAY ONE of the RMO (and Day One of WFH for me) and while I am home, social media reports that some non-essential businesses that are supposed to be closed are still open and some people are still dining-in / gathering in public! It was so bad that as I was writing this, with COVID-19 positive cases now up to 790 people, the Prime Minister had to spell it out to everyone to JUST. STAY. HOME. I hope everyone is more considerate of their actions and cooperative with the RMO in the coming days…

Having stayed home all day, I decided to try FOODPANDA and had my dinner delivered. Read my review on FOODPANDA here. A gift awaits you.

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Tik Tok

Everyone is paid for the work they do…the difference is HOW?

Some are paid day wages – you come to work today, you get paid. If tomorrow you don’t then no pay.

Some are paid a fixed amount every month – irregardless if all you do that month is just sitting at your desk looking pretty.

Some are paid a percentage of their sales, aka commissions.

For people in my line of work, we get paid monthly yes, but not just to look pretty…we actually have to work ‘cos we have to document what we actually do in that month. How? By filling in Time Sheets

Every single second of every minute of every hour has to be recorded which is logically impossible…how do you record toilet time for example? Using a stopwatch? -.-” Which is why in some organizations (like in my previous firm) they have “Miscellaneous Unproductive Time” recorded in their Time Sheets every day.

That said, imagine receiving this MEMO from your Accounting Department :-

It has come to our attention recently that many of you have been turning in timesheets that specify large amounts of “Miscellaneous Unproductive Time” (Code 5309). However, we need to know exactly what you are doing during your unproductive time.
Attached below is a sheet specifying a tentative extended job code list based on our observations of employee activities.
The list will allow you to specify with a fair amount of precision what you are doing during your unproductive time. Please begin using this job-code list immediately and let us know about any difficulties you encounter.
Attached: Extended Job-Code List
Code Description
5316 Useless Meeting
5317 Obstructing Communications at Meeting
5318 Trying to Sound Knowledgeable While in Meeting
5319 Waiting for Break
5320 Waiting for Lunch
5321 Waiting for End of Day
5322 Vicious Verbal Attacks Directed at Coworker
5323 Vicious Verbal Attacks Directed at Coworker While Coworker is Not Present
5393 Covering for Incompetence of Coworker Friend
5400 Trying to Explain Concept to Coworker Who is Not Interested in Learning
5401 Trying to Explain Concept to Coworker Who is Stupid
5402 Trying to Explain Concept to Coworker Who Hates You
5481 Buying Snack
5482 Eating Snack
5500 Filling Out Timesheet
5501 Inventing Timesheet Entries
5502 Waiting for Something to Happen
5503 Scratching Yourself
5504 Sleeping
5510 Feeling Bored
5511 Feeling Horny
5600 Complaining About Lousy Job
5601 Complaining About Low Pay
5602 Complaining About Long Hours
5603 Complaining About Coworker (See Codes #5322 & #5323)
5604 Complaining About Boss
5605 Complaining About Personal Problems
5640 Miscellaneous Unproductive Complaining
5701 Not Actually Present At Job
5702 Suffering from Eight-Hour Flu
6102 Ordering Out
6103 Waiting for Food Delivery to Arrive
6104 Taking It Easy While Digesting Food
6200 Using Company Resources for Personal Profit
6201 Stealing Company Goods
6202 Making Excuses After Accidentally Destroying Company Goods
6203 Using Company Phone to Make Long-Distance Personal Calls
6204 Using Company Phone to Make Long-Distance Personal Calls to Sell Stolen Company Goods
6205 Hiding from Boss
6206 Gossip
6207 Planning a Social Event (e.g. vacation, wedding, etc.)
6210 Feeling Sorry For Yourself
6211 Updating Resume
6212 Faxing Resume to Another Employer/Headhunter
6213 Out of Office on Interview
6221 Pretending to Work While Boss Is Watching
6222 Pretending to Enjoy Your Job
6223 Pretending You Like Coworker
6224 Pretending You Like Important People When in Reality They are Jerks
6238 Miscellaneous Unproductive Fantasizing
6350 Playing Pranks on the New Guy/Girl
6601 Running your own Business on Company Time (See Code #6603)
6602 Complaining
6603 Writing a Book on Company Time
6611 Staring Into Space
6612 Staring At Computer Screen
6615 Transcendental Meditation
6969 Beating off in Broom Closet
7281 Extended Visit to the Bathroom (at least 10 minutes)
7400 Talking With Divorce Lawyer on Phone
7401 Talking With Plumber on Phone
7402 Talking With Dentist on Phone
7403 Talking With Doctor on Phone
7404 Talking With Masseuse on Phone
7405 Talking With House Painter on Phone
7406 Talking With Personal Therapist on Phone
7419 Talking With Miscellaneous Paid Professional on Phone
7425 Talking With Mistress/Boy-Toy on Phone
7931 Asking Coworker to Aid You in an Illicit Activity
8000 Recreational Drug Use
8001 Non-recreational Drug Use
8002 Liquid Lunch
8100 Reading e-mail
8102 Laughing while reading e-mail

Make sure you put the correct code when filling your timesheets from now on yea? 😀

Note: I got the above from a friend’s notes and is not an actual Memo. I think.