KUALA LUMPUR – The usually vibrant capital city of Kuala Lumpur has turned into a quiet town on the first day of the Phase 1 Full Movement Control Order (FMCO) or total lockdown that begins today until 14 June.
An observation by MalaysiaGazette at two separate locations in Bukit Bintang and Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman (TAR) saw the closure of all non-essential business premises.
Several renowned bustling shopping centres are now in a sleepy hollow state after only several essential sections are allowed to operate with the permission of the government.
Meanwhile, only public transport such as busses, e-hailing vehicles and taxis were spotted on the main roads and the number of private vehicles have been significantly reduced.
The police and members from the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) were also spotted right in the city, conducting inspections on the compliance of standard operating procedures (SOP) at premises allowed to operate during the FMCO.
No civilians were spotted in the two areas, with the exception of workers at food premises, waiting for customers or orders.
The stillness in the city showed that the community is carrying out their obligations by adhering to the MCO SOP to break the Covid-19 infection chain.
Meanwhile, a van from the Information Department of Malaysia also made announcements on the SOP compliance, implementation of the FMCO and information about vaccination around Jalan TAR.
Last Friday, the government announced the full closure of all social and economic sectors or Phase 1 of a nationwide total lockdown for 14 days from 1 until 14 June.
The Prime Minister’s Office said, with the exception of essential services and businesses listed by the National Security Council (MKN), all other economic sectors are not allowed to operate. –MalaysiaGazette
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