Residents under MCO 2.0, which now includes all states except Sarawak, are prohibited from traveling outside a 10 km radius for essential services.
Therefore, Edwin Masripan felt it was an opportune time to create a simple website, DudukDiam, that will help Malaysians stay home and exercise or shop within 6 miles of their homes.
Laman7's marketing strategist and CEO believes it would be helpful if the police stopped you.
A circle in the dark
This is how it works. As soon as you enter the site, DudukDiam automatically determines your location and draws a radius of 10 km around your location.
This only works if you have activated location services in your browser. If the detection is imprecise, you can drag the pen where you want it.
DudukDiam isn't the only platform that can do this, however. Last week my relative shared an Irish version of one such tool called KM From Home. It was launched in March 2020 after the Irish government announced its own version of the MCO.
KM From Home can show you your radius from 1 km to 25 km.
Today I was made aware of another Malaysian app, Getmakan, which does the same thing. In addition to providing public benefits, the main focus is on helping small F & B's grow their sales.
Edwin told Vulcan Post that he was actually inspired by the Irish platform. But he wanted to improve it by making a dark mode version so people could focus on the radius instead of the map.
Functionally and simply built
After trying KM From Home I personally found that I wanted more from DudukDiam. For starters I wish it had a search feature and the ability to show the exact street names I want to travel to that the Irish website has.
- KM From Home allows you to see the exact street you are on and has a search facility.
- Getmakan just didn't work for me, not even in the mobile app. However, it worked well for my colleague.
In the event that I was stopped by the police, I also wondered if it was enough to show a police officer this 10 km radius on DudukDiam to justify my run. Edwin made it clear, however, that DudukDiam has not yet been tested on police roadblocks.
Personally, I use Google Maps and Waze to check my 10km radius from home. Their advantage is that they can tell you the exact distance of a restaurant / business from your home.
The latter, I might add, can even pinpoint exactly where the exact roadblocks either to avoid or what to look out for, which I found incredibly useful.
DudukDiam doesn't have that many features, but Edwin didn't want to go into such detail either.
Its goal was simply to take the essence of KM From Home and make it simpler and easier to look at, hence the lack of small street names and the dark mode it is in.
In addition, DudukDiam was built with urgency. "I built this web app as a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) in 5 hours and improved the functionality by an additional 2 hours," he said.
"Right now I don't have any more features to add. The goal is to get an easy 10km radius that has been achieved. While I get feature requests to display local businesses and businesses within 10km, I don't have any deeper thought about it, and it could be a different web app. "
Regarding future developments for DudukDiam, depending on the orders of Majlis Keselamatan Negara (MKN), he can add radii for 5km, 20km, etc.
Note, however, that people living near county or state lines are still not allowed to travel between districts and states.
Its way of practicing a skill
He worked on it alone because even though he was CEO of a digital media company and there were people available to help him, he didn't want to give them extra work.
Although DudukDiam is geared towards the local market, it can also operate outside of Malaysia. There have already been visitors from the USA, Singapore, Japan and the United Arab Emirates.
However, according to my testing, the map is best designed for those in Malaysia as you can zoom in to see the actual neighborhood names.
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Selected image source: Edwin Masripan, creator of DudukDiam