Ministry of Health proposes RMCO to be extended after August 31

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KULAI: The Ministry of Health (MOH) has proposed to the National Security Council (NSC) to extend the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) that is scheduled to end on August 31.

Minister of Health, Datuk Seri Dr. Adham Baba said the proposal was based on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) estimation that the COVID-19 pandemic will prevail for the period of not less than two years.

Dr. Adham said RMCO will end on August 31 and as such the ministry has made a proposal to NSC and the Prime Minister to consider for RMCO to be extended until the COVID-19 situation is better and under control.

It depends on the Prime Minister to announce it shortly.

“We observe certain countries are still struggling to combat COVID-19 as new cases increase each day while in Malaysia we are still strengthening and controlling the international borders efficiently,” said Dr. Adham.

He added, the government has implemented various efforts to stop the transmissions of COVID-19 including the launching of the new normal campaign recently.

The minister said that to the media after officiating Perkeso Prihatin programmeat Dewan Raya Felda Bukit Besar yesterday (Aug.23).

Also present at the event was Perkeso Chief Executive, Datuk Seri Dr. Mohammed Azman Aziz Mohammed and Tong Sing Chuan, Director of Johor Perkeso.

Dr Adham added, MOH will continue implementing the Active Tracing Methodvia MySejahtera Apps and customers’ record book to identify individuals affected in any COVID-19 cluster.

Regarding the Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities, Datuk Dr. Mohd. Khairuddin Aman Razali who had not performed the home quarantine after returning from abroad.

Dr. Adham said, the Director General of Health, Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah had settled the case and imposed a fine of RM1,000 on the minister and also made his comments in Twitter.

The Minister added, MOH had studied the case in several aspects. The maximum fine is RM1, 000 under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 Or Act 342.

According to Bernama, MOH in its statement earlier said that Mohd. Khairuddin had committed an offence under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Procedures (Measures in Local Infected Area) 2020 Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1998 (Act 342Under this Act, the maximum fine is RM1, 000 or six months jail or both if found guilty.

In another development several Members of Parliament (opposition) had raised their dissatisfactions on the RM1, 000 fine imposed by MOH on Datuk Dr. Mohd. Khairuddin Aman Razali at the Dewan Rakyat today. –Malaysia World News

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