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On last Friday, the Prime Minister has called on the people to adapt to “the new normal” as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
These past weeks have been tough for all of us, especially as it is hard for us to see an end to the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. Many of us wish we had a reset button that could make this all disappear. We wish that we could wake up from this nightmare and realise that it was all, just a dream.
Who could have foreseen that cafes, restaurants, pubs, cinemas, concert halls, beaches and places of worship would be closed? That legal restrictions would be imposed on the number of people we could have at weddings and funerals? Or that our governments would prescribe by law the circumstances in which we are permitted to leave our homes?
For the last couple of weeks, we have been adjusting to new ways of living almost daily, while awaiting the next announcement of more “draconian” measures and wondering where and when it will all end.
The world has changed many times, and it is changing again. COVID-19’s lasting impact is still to be determined, but we see four primary areas in which it’s likely to spur sweeping changes: globalization and trade, technology and innovation, societal impacts and behavioural shirts.
Life is fragile and precious. Every moment matters. When faced with the levels of anxiety currently seen, we should also realize that, while we may not always be able to control what happens to us, we can control our reactions to it. We should remain calm, focus on what we can do, and hold steadfast in the belief that if we work smart and hard, and in cooperation with others, we can make a positive difference in the world both now and for future generations.
We need to know the longer this crisis lasts, the more different the new normal will be and there may be no “back to normal” after the coronavirus pandemic ends. The bottom line is that every Malaysian must start preparing and thinking now. We have to cooperate with each other and work as we said, like a family.
Are we ready for the post Covid-19 world?
Wong Kin Tung
Chief Executive & Principal,
Imperial International School, Ipoh Campus