15 Nov Deepavali for GOTS
Different Deepavali for GOTS coaches
Two of our coaches celebrated Deepavali differently this year.
One joined her in-laws in ushering in the festival of lights while the other was away from her family.
Anitha Selvaraj got married in January. This was her first Deepavali with her in-laws in Petaling Jaya.
“The first year is always important. I celebrated in Petaling Jaya but also obtained permission to travel to Klang to visit my parents for a short while,” said Anitha.
“I went to Klang early to perform prayers and wished my parents a Happy Deepavali and rushed back to PJ.
“CMCO (Conditional Movement Control Order) means my time was limited but we have to make do with what we can.
“I’m just thankful I was allowed to travel.”
She added her scholars were excited about the holidays even though they too couldn’t go anywhere.
“We had discussions about Deepavali earlier this week and what it signifies. Although we are doing online classes, they all greeted me,” said Anitha.
“My Deepavali wish is that we can all go back to school next year once a vaccine for Covid-19 is found.”
Sharing her sentiments is Bunidamalar Arulpragasam, who spent Deepavali away from her parents.
“My family is in Butterworth and because of CMCO, I was not able to go back,” said Bunidamalar.
“I have some relatives but it is different as I can’t be with my parents.
“I wish we could all go back to being ‘normal’ next year as the scholars also miss going to school.”
She added she hopes the rate of infections which is slowing down means CMCO is lifted next month and if a vaccine is ready, life can resume as normal.
The good news is that Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah announced last week the basic reproduction number (R-nought or R0) of Covid-19 infections in Malaysia was now under 1.0.
He hopes R0 will drop to 0.5 within the next two weeks.
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