Atrip to the supermarket recently left Malaysian singer Fish Leong upset, no thanks to shoppers who are blissfully unaware of the importance of safe distancing. This, despite experts advising people to keep a distance of anything between one to 1.8 metres from others, to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The 41-year-old star was at a supermarket, presumably in Taiwan where she's based, standing in line and waiting to pay for her groceries. She observed that shoppers were queuing up a little too close to each other.
“Everyone in the queue was not even 5cm away from each other!” Fish posted on Instagram stories on Mar 21.
She approached supermarket staff to let them know that they ought to enforce safe distancing measures to ensure that shoppers don't stand too close to each other when in line. But the straw that broke the camel's back was when said employee merely brushed off her suggestion.
“When I suggested to the staff to make an announcement to tell people to maintain a distance, she said that she’s unable to control it. I'm infuriated! This shouldn’t be ignored,” she ranted.
"At least make an effort before saying that you'd leave it up to fate. If you don't take care of yourself and your family, you are also a perpetrator. So please take care of yourself!”
She decided to take matters into her own hands and posted pictures and advice on ideal safe distancing practices to her 346k IG followers.
“When you are in line to purchase something, you must at least maintain this distance, or even more if you can,” she said.
Following her post, Fish uploaded a separate video for her Malaysian fans, urging them to take heed instructions from the authorities to remain at home as much as possible.
“I encourage everyone to follow the instructions given by the Malaysian government to stay at home and avoid going out if possible. If you really have to go out, please remember to wear a mask and wash your hands.
"I hope that everyone will stay safe. We will get through this together. We all must cooperate in order to defeat this virus. Please take care of yourself and the people around you so that we can stop the spread,” she pleaded.