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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!

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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.