Malaysians defy CMCO to view flower pond in Melaka
Malaysians probably experienced a mild case of cabin fever during the Movement Control Order (MCO) as we all had to stay at home for longer periods of time than usual. This is why many of us were more than glad to see guidelines finally relaxing under the Conditional MCO (CMCO).
But since the cause of concern isn’t over yet, we should keep to the guidelines set to continue the fight against COVID-19. Still, some people are finding it hard to adhere fully to the latest rules, including 38 individuals who were caught violating the CMCO to take photos of a pond blooming with flowers in Taman Semabok Perdana.
Scenic flower-filled pond at Taman Semabok Perdana
This viral flower-filled pond in Melaka has recently become popular among locals for the purple water-hyacinths flowers overrunning it. Many have even been likening it to lavender fields seen in the Netherlands.
Flower field at Taman Semabok Perdana
Image credit: @hexagonsnap
Kerajaan Negeri Melaka posted a series of photos of the pond on their Facebook page on 19th May 2020 showing just how beautiful the whole scene looks. It has garnered over 177 shares and 450 reactions at the time of writing.
Image credit: Kerajaan Negeri Melaka
Individuals get caught trying to photograph flower pond
According to a report by The Star on 27th May, the scenic flowers have been taking over the flood-retention pond since April, and locals in the area have been gathering in the area to see the blooms.
But on 26th May, a crowd of 38 individuals from 15 cars were caught by the police. This saw them taking an unexpected detour from catching scenic sights of the flower field to paying a visit to Melaka Tengah police headquarters.
Crowds gather to see Taman Semabok Perdana
Image credit: The Star
Of the 38 caught at the scene, fines of RM1,000 each were issued to 20 individuals for violating CMCO rules. The other 18 individuals were let off as they included toddlers, children, and the elderly.
A video shared on Twitter by a local netizen sees police cars escorting cars from the site.
Image credit: @anthraxxxx
Malaysians defy CMCO to take photos of flower pond
This flower-filled pond in Melaka is without a doubt beautiful and it’s tempting to want to visit it to snap some shots. But with COVID-19 still a threat to the public, it’s safe to say that we need to keep any activities that attract crowds for a better day in the future.
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