To be honest, our government public service announcements (PSA) during the COVID-19 pandemic have been more of a miss than a hit:
Bucking that trend, the Health Ministry managed to elicit a laugh (and a little hurt feelings) from our very-tough-to-please netizens with their recent Facebook update.
All the single people
On Saturday (30 May), the Health Ministry posted a notice about a change of rules when it comes to interstate travels:
According to the Facebook post, beginning 1 June, interstate travels are allowed for emergencies such as death, medical and work, and married couples who are living in different states.
Sounds like your usual PSA, right?
Except for that cheeky line their Facebook administrator added to zing all the single Malaysians out there.
"For those who are bachelors or are still single, be patient because your turn will come
," the Facebook post read.
While most Malaysians saw the humour in the Facebook post -- it has since been shared over 7,900 times, after all -- single Malaysians can't help but feel they were...singled out (badam tss):
Special conditions apply
Now that we've all had our fun and jokes, Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said in his press briefing that although the government has allowed interstate travels, Malaysians still need to get approval from the police.
He was quoted by The Edge Markets
as saying that the matter was decided at the Special Ministerial Meeting after obtaining the advice of the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM).
He also added that the police will continue to monitor the situation.
So guys, if you do not have a valid reason to travel between states, do stay at home, yeah? If you're already single, no one is going to bail you out from jail.