In light of the impending decision to further tighten the Standard Operating Procedures for sports and recreation, the sports community has come out in full force to urge Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yasin to review this drastic move which could be the death knell for the sports industry in Malaysia.
A tweet from sports observer, Christopher Raj yesterday urged the government to explain the need to tighten the SOP for sports and recreation which is said to mimic the SOP enforced during the Movement Control Order (MCO) last March.
“Why do we only focus on sports and recreation? Ever since sports was allowed to operate since June, there has been no incidence of sports clusters in our country. If NSC (National Security Council) still wants to introduce strict SOP’s, it is certain that more operators and sports entrepreneurs will close shop,” said the sports PR specialist on his twitter account.
His statement was duly retweeted by Olympian and former national diver, Bryan Nickson Lomas. He was dumbfounded by the government’s move which seemed to put blame on sports as the factor in the recent spike of Covid-19 cases in our country.
“Sports is always to be blamed. We as sports operator are really affected by the tight SOP’s”, he said.A random sweep by Arena Juara on Twitter found many fans and sports enthusiast had expressed their disappointment and urged the NSC to review the need to tighten the SOP for sports and recreation.
For the record, a total of 138 Covid-19 clusters are still active in Malaysia while a total of 834 cases were recorded yesterday with Sabah leading the way with 503 cases, Selangor – 129, Labuan – 105, Kuala Lumpur – 22, Pulau Pinang – 21, Negeri Sembilan – 16, Sarawak – 14, Johor – 9, Kedah and Perak each with 3 cases, Kelantan – 2 and Pahang with 1 case.