Only one person allowed to enter supermarket or shops to avoid long queue and crowd, says Minister

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PUTRAJAYA APRIL 30: The government’s decision to allow two persons from a family to travel in a car to buy essential food and medicine yesterday has created longer queue at the supermarkets and grocery shops today.

Security Senior Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, in order to speed up and avoid the long queue, one person must wait in the car or outside the premises.

 “The government has made such decision following demands from the public saying that wives who have no driving licences have to be sent to work by the husbands.

 “The government has loosen the standard operating procedure (SOP) of the Movement Control Order (MCO) in the fourth phase that started yesterday in view of COVID-19 curve is currently flattening,” he said in his daily reports on the MCO here today.

Ismail stressed that in whatever situation, the SOP from the Ministry of Health should be adhered to avoid congestion especially at the supermarkets and groceries.

The Senior Minister also said, many factories manufacturing essential products and food that have been allowed to resume business since the enforcement of MCO have started to take in 100% of their work force compared to only 50% in the earlier phases of MCO.

To a question of why some industries are not allowed to operate by the local authorities even with the Ministry of international Trade and Industry’s (MITI) approval, Ismail said the industry should be allowed to operate by following the strict SOP set by MITI.

 Ismail also warned the non-governmental organizations (NGO) to send any aid (food) to the operation centre of the Enhanced MCO areas so that it could be distributed orderly by the related frontliners to the desired people.- Malaysia World News


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