The police inspects vehicles during a Covid-19 Operation roadblock at the Guthrie Highway after the enforcement of Movement Control Order (MCO) to curb the spread of the outbreak. PIX: IQBAL BASRI / MalaysiaGazette / 25 MARCH 2020 NSC National Security Council MCO
The police inspects vehicles during a Covid-19 Operation roadblock at the Guthrie Highway after the enforcement of Movement Control Order (MCO) to curb the spread of the outbreak. PIX: IQBAL BASRI / MalaysiaGazette / 25 MARCH 2020

By Shawaliah Hadir

KUALA LUMPUR – The National Security Council (NSC) will be implementing a tougher new Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) in comparison to the existing regulations.

Senior Minister (Defence), Datuk Seri Ismail Yaakob said, the measure needed to be taken after the Movement Control Order (MCO) is extended to 14 April 2020 as many failed to comply with the enforcement earlier.

According to him, among the procedure which would tightened in order to curb the spread of Covid-19 is purchase.

“During the first phase, although there were restrictions, it was as if certain things were allowed. There were exemptions.

“NSC had been requested to issue new SOP where its regulations would be tighter than the current regulations.

“Therefore, many restrictions would be imposed. From purchasing, shopping, buying food and such.

“The NSC will issue tougher SOP to ensure that the measure we introduce will work to stop the spread of Covid-19,” he said during a daily news conference on the government’s efforts in preventing the Covid-19 outbreak.

According to Ismail, the regulations will be detailed during the Security Special Committee meeting chaired by himself tonight.

The meeting will gather opinion from stakeholders such as the Inspector-General of Police, General of Armed Forces and the Director-General of NSC.

Based on the latest report he received from the police today, Ismail said that the compliance rate for MCO is at 95 percent.

Although the number is good, however, he said that many people still defy the order.

He said, a total of 163,487 vehicles were inspected at 1,719 locations nationwide yesterday. There were also 110 arrests by the police. – MalaysiaGazette

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