KUALA LUMPUR – Sabah should not loosen the standard operating procedures (SOP) of the Movement Control Order (MCO) determined by the National Security Council (MKN) during the first phase of the National Recovery Plan.
Senior Minister (Security Cluster), Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that all states should have implemented a single SOP.
Nevertheless, states can opt to improve the SOP by tightening it.
“We have decided that there should only be one SOP nationwide, therefore, states should not have made their own different SOP. It must be the same.
“Thus, if we say that eateries can operate from 6.00 am until 10.00 am, some say, 6.00 am until 8.00 pm, we will not object, but if they wish to extend it, it would have loosen what has been decided by the federal and we cannot allow it to be loosened,” he said during a news conference today.
Yesterday, Sabah state government announced that it would implement Phase 1 of the National Recovery Plan by allowing several social and economic activities such as dining in, roadside stalls selling vegetable, fish and fruits and hair salons.
Its Chief Minister Datuk Hajiji Noor said that non-contact sport activities such as exercise, golf, fishing and cycling are also allowed.
Besides that, the manufacturing sector related to rubber, cement, pain, wood-based factories and furniture would also be allowed to operate.
Elaborating further, Ismail Sabri said that the Sabah state representatives have been informed about the SOP that needs to be followed during the MKN sitting yesterday.
“We have informed the representatives from Sabah during the special MKN sitting yesterday that Sabah must also follow the same rule as the other states in the country as other states are also following the SOP,” he added. –MalaysiaGazette