KUALA LUMPUR AUG 28: Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has announced that the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) is extended to December 31, 2020 to combat COVID-19 pandemic from spreading further.
The enforcement of RMCO which had replaced the conditional MCO was announced on June 7 and intended to end on August 31.
Muhyiddin said, the government’s decision to extend RMCO was made after considering the emergence of new clusters such as Sivagangga and Tawar in Kedah, Sanglang in Perlis and several clusters in Sarawak.
“The government’s priority is to identify the clusters existing in the country in the effort to combat the transmission of COVID-19 in the community.
“The government has also implemented the strict border control, 14 days compulsory quarantine for Malaysians returning from abroad and foreigners entering the country and adhering to the standard operating procedure (SOP) setby the government.
“Now the pandemic situation in Malaysia is under control even though many countries globally are struggling to stop the daily increase in new COVID-19 cases,” said Muhyiddin on TV1live telecast here this evening .
The Prime Minister also stressed that the extension of RMCO is under the purview of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 or Act 342.
Under this Act all parties have to adhere to the SOP and the protocols that have been set.
Regarding the “super spreader” virus that could be transmitted very fast, far andactive globally, Muhyiddin said, the government has enforced the quarantine order strictly in order to contain the transmission of COVID-19.
“Nobody is exempted from undergoing the quarantine and those found not adhering to the Order and the SOP will be compounded,” said Muhyiddin.
Muhyiddin added, in view of the latest situation of COVID-19 in the country, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has proposed for the rate of compound to be increased to twice or three times more than the current rate of RM1, 000.
However, he said, in order to implement the new compound rate the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 or Act 342 should be amended first.
The Prime Minister also added, the MOH is having discussions with face mask manufacturers to reduce its prices.
The price reduction will help lessen the burden of the people as wearing mask is made compulsory under the RMCO, SOP.
Muhyiddin, who is also the Member of Parliament for Pagoh, said the COVID-19 Fund is extended to December 31, 2020 and members of the public are encouraged to contribute to help COVID-19 victims.
For those celebrating the 63rd Independence Day of Malaysia on August 31, Muhyiddin advises the people to be consistently aware to help stop the transmission of COVID-19.
“We are all front liners and always in the front to stop the COVID-19 pandemic.” said Muhyiddin. –Malaysia World News