Survey finds Malaysians more reluctant to call out strangers on Covid-19 SOPs

Restaurants are required to follow strict Covid-19 SOPs. – The Star photo.

By Chew Lip Song

OVER 50 per cent of respondents in a recent Health Ministry poll said they would ask a complete stranger to adhere to practices to curb the spread of Covid-19, such as asking them to observe physical distancing, wear a mask or wash their hands.

Of the 36,841 respondents polled in an online survey, 57.3 per cent would ask a stranger to wear a face mask, adhere to physical distancing (59.6 per cent) and wash their hands (56.6 per cent).

However, 93.8 per cent of the respondents would not hesitate to call out their family members to wear a mask, ensure physical distancing (90.1 per cent) and wash hands regularly (90.8 per cent).

The figure drops further when it comes to calling out the respondents’ friends with 82.2 per cent for wearing face masks, 79.4 per cent for physical distancing and 79.2 per cent on washing hands.

The findings of the survey conducted Nov 25 and 30 was revealed by Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in a statement today.

An overwhelming majority of the respondents also said they always observe Covid-19 best practices such as wearing a face mask (93.3 per cent), ensure physical distancing (89.6 per cent) and washing hands regularly (89.7 per cent).

“The findings is positive and encouraging. It shows that Malaysians have a high level of self control,” Dr Noor Hisham added.

He also announced that Malaysia recorded 1,247 new Covid-19 cases today, bringing the total to 101,565 cases.

Selangor tops the list with 461 cases, followed by Sabah (225) and Johor (205).

Four deaths were also reported, bringing the total to 449.