Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaGazette / 11 MARCH 2020.
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaGazette / 11 MARCH 2020.

By Norlaile Abd Rahman

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia had to take drastic action in containing the Covid-19 pandemic by imposing Movement Restriction Order from 18 until 31 March 2020.

According to Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, the control will involve the closure of all religious and business premises with the exception of supermarket, public market, grocery stores and those selling essential items.

Public movement and assembly is also forbidden, including religious activities, sports, social and culture.

Malaysians are also forbidden to leave the country. Meanwhile, those returning from overseas need to undergo health screening and 14-day voluntary quarantine.

Foreign tourists are also not allowed to enter Malaysia.

Besides that, all kindergarten, government and private schools including day care centres, full boarding schools, international schools, tahfiz centres and other lower, secondary and pre-university institutions will be closed during the period.

The fifth measure included the closure of all public and private higher learning institutions, including skills training centres nationwide.

Besides that, all government and private premises are ordered to shut down with the exception of those involving with essential services such as water, electricity, energy, telecommunications, postal, transport, health, pharmacies, fire and rescue, prison, port, airport, security, defence, cleaning, retail and food supplies.

“We cannot continue to wait until the condition turns worse.

“Drastic actions need to be taken immediately to curb the spread of the outbreak by controlling public movement.

“This is our only way to avoid more people in this country from being infected by the deadly disease,” he said in a special address.

Muhyiddin once again gave his guarantee that food supplies, daily and health essential items are sufficient.

The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumers Affairs had also been ordered to monitor the supplies throughout the Movement Restriction Control period. -MalaysiaGazette

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