Malaysia extends the MCO until May 12, possibly it might be extended further


PUTRAJAYA APRIL 23: The government has decided to extend the Movement Control Order (MCO) from April 28 until May 12 in its effort to curb COVID-19 pandemic.

This will be the fourth phase of the MCO’s enforcement that started on March 18.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said, the government is now studying the latest data on COVID-19 and possibly the MCO might be extended further.

“If the COVID infections has shown a drastic improvement, the government will loosen some social sectors so that the people can lead a more comfortable life.

 “The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Economic Planning Unit (EPU) will work on a short and long strategic plans and criterias to revive the Malaysian economy after the MCO ends,” said Muhyiddin in a special deliberation on MCO and welcoming the holy Ramadan tomorrow (April 24).

The Prime Minister said the government will consider to allow other sub- sectors of the business sections to commence besides giving permission to selected industries to start their operations recently by adhering to strict standard oprating procedures (SOP).

He stressed that several guidelines will be given to the companies and the corporate bodies to start their businesses in stages.

Earlier Muhyiddin said the government will soon be announcing the permission for 100,000 students of the institute of higher learning to go back to their families.

 These students have been staying in the university campuses throughout the enforcement of MCO that started on March 18.

He said, most importantly all the students must be healthy and free from COVID-19 symptoms before they start their journey home.

 Muhyiddin also ensures that the people who have been stranded in the “kampung” or any part of the country before the enforcement of MCO will also be allowed to travel only one way.

“These people will have to report at the police station by appointment on April 25 or use the related whatsapp.

 “The related government agencies will collect data and will come up with the plan to allow people to move according to the SOP that adheres to the new norms,” he said. -Malaysia World News

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