EMCO provides opportunity to learn new skills

LAHAD DATU – The almost a month period being confined at home when Taman Khazanah Indah here was placed under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) enabled a private sector employee, Efa Rizan Ahmad Sobe, to learn making various types of kuih.

The mother of two daughters, aged two and seven, learned making the snack or dessert food online.


Efa Rizan, 32, said what got her into learning making the kuih was after receiving food aid, which included flour and sugar, from various quarters, including the state government, National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

“I used the five kilogrammes of flour that our family received to make kuih, like currypuff and kuih terang bulan by getting the recipes online.

“Being confined in the house for a long time can be emotionally stressful, but if there is activity, things you can do to keep you occupied, it will be less stressful,” she said when met at her house.

She said she was also able to improve her cooking skills by trying new menu with the perishable food items, like chicken, fish and vegetables, provided by the NGO.

Meanwhile, Lim Chiu Shyang, 31, also a resident at Taman Khazanah Indah, said he spent the time at home during the EMCO beautifying his Proton Preve car, himself, besides helping his wife with the house work, like cooking and looking after the children.

“I added some accessories to the car, like placing the carbon sticker on the side mirror and installing the front grill. It helped me fill up my time,” he added.

The EMCO in Taman Khazanah Indah and the Mutiara Kasih People’s Housing Project was first enforced from Oct 13 to 26, and then extended from Oct 27 to Nov 9, before it was further extended from Nov 10 to 23, but lifted on Nov 11 following no new Covid-19 cases were reported at both locations.

In expressing relief that the EMCO had been lifted, the residents hoped that all parties would take care of themselves to avoid the increase in COVID-19 cases.