The implementation of MCO is not a “joke”, says PM Muhyiddin

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PUTRAJAYA: The implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO) 3.0 was not a “joking matter” but a difficult and not popular decision that had made people unhappy and dissatisfied.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said: “To me that is the most accurate decision to save the future of the people and I understand and aware that the people are angry with me but that is my effort and the government to save everybody’s lives, and the rest I will leave it to Allah.”

The Prime Minister said that in his special Aidilfitri deliberation telecasted via TV1 yesterday (12th May) evening.

Muhyiddin stressed that the measures taken by the government will not guarantee 100 percent that COVID-19 will not increase but instead it depends on how far the people adhere to the standard operating procedure (SOP), have self discipline and determination to fight against the virus.

He urged the people to increase self-discipline, comply with the SOP at all times and stay at home as the best protection is to stay in the house. The people should treat this as a sacrifice together to fight against the pandemic.

“To increase the effectiveness, the public health measures should be taken in fighting COVID-19and as such the Ministry of Health (MOH) will increase the swab test of COVID-19 and implement the contact tracing extensively during the MCO.

“We have been successful in flattening the curve of COVID-19 transmissions in the first wave and reduce the infection figures in the second wave. Insya Allah with the permission of Allah s.w.t and self-discipline, we will be successful in fighting COVID-19 in the third wave that we are in now,” Muhyiddin said.

Muhyiddin elaborated that in MCO 3.0 the government did not close the economic sectors but monitor strictly on business premises, factories and workers’ hostels to prevent the infection from spreading.

“I urge the employers and workers to consistently adhere to the SOP at the work places and implement the working policy from home to reduce congestion at the work places,” he reiterated.

Earlier he said, Malaysia is now encountering with virus that spreads very fast especially with the presence of mutated variant of COVID-19. This dynamic situation has changed the implementation of Recovery MCO (RMCO), Conditional MCO (CMCO), MCO and Enhanced MCO (EMCO) and a fast action should be taken to avoid the spreading of the infection from getting worst.

Muhyiddin added, with the latest situation, the government has to take a stern and drastic action to avoid a health disaster and a national crisis to happen. For that, the government has announced the implementation of MCO nationwide effective 12th May until 7th June 2021.-Malaysia World News

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