MCO The residents of City One Plaza at their balcony after their residence is declared as an area for the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) following the spike of Covid-19 positive cases there. PIX: IQBAL BASRI / MalaysiaGazette / 07 APRIL 2020.
The residents of City One Plaza at their balcony after their residence is declared as an area for the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) following the spike of Covid-19 positive cases there. PIX: IQBAL BASRI / MalaysiaGazette / 07 APRIL 2020.

KUALA LUMPUR – In about 72 hours, the public will know whether the Movement Control Order (MCO), enforced since March 18, will be further extended or not to curb the spread of COVID-19.

It was initially enforced until March 31, but extended to April 14 and this Friday (April 10), the government is expected to make the much awaited announcement on whether MCO will be further extended.

Many people are hoping the MCO, which enters its 22nd day today, will not be further extended so that they could return to their normal lives, but it will all depend on the COVID-19 situation in the country and the government will certainly not place the health of its people at stake.

For the record, Malaysia has recorded 69 COVID-19 sporadic cases (cases where the source of infection cannot be traced).

A total of 170 new COVID-19 cases , with one death, were as of noon yesterday, bringing the accumulated COVID-19 cases in the country to  3,963, with a total of 63 deaths.

We can all take pride that the country’s crime index has dropped by 70 per cent since enforcement of MCO, but the number of individuals who were caught for defying the MCO has increased to 6,451 people as of yesterday.

On public sanitation, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the government, through the Ministry of Housing and Local Government (KPKT), had conducted 666 sanitation operations in 79 zones, including all the 18 Red Zones.

The premises that were disinfected comprised government buildings and 24,077 units of People’s Housing Projects (PPR).

The operation is important because there is another location placed under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO), namely the Malayan Mansion and Selangor Mansion buildings here.

Prior to that, the EMCO was enforced in three areas, namely Simpang Renggam, Kluang, Johor; Sungai Lui, Hulu Langat, Selangor, and City One Tower, Jalan Munshi Abdullah here.

Apart from efforts by the government, the public and corporate companies have also joined forces to help curb the COVID-19 outbreak, including by donating to the COVID-19 Fund, which has reached RM22.6 million.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, through a posting on his Facebook, stated that as of Monday (April 6), a total of RM5.68 million from the fund was channeled to the National Welfare Foundation (YKN) for purchase of daily necessities to be donated to those affected by the outbreak.

He said RM195,000 was also distributed to 39 next-of-kin of COVID-19 victims as ‘Bayaran Ihsan Kematian’.

The COVID-19 Fund was launched on March 11 as an effort by the government to help the people who are affected by the outbreak.

As such, Malaysia needs the cooperation and support of all the people during this MCO period to prevent COVID-19 from further spreading.

As citizens of the country, we should comply with the rules of MCO, to not spread fake news, including on social media and to appreciate the role of the frontline personnel in protecting the people’s lives and security in the country.

— BERNAMA

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Our government is rather ineffective in containing Covid-19. MCO is necessary, but government should see it as the sacrifice of Frontliners and all Rakyat, in order to give times for government to do their job, which is to contain the virus.

    However, after 4 weeks, the government is still too soft and ineffective in locating, confining and quarantine the chain of infected carriers. Until now, the main clusters are still expanding, while there are still groups of people in the chain that is being identified as potential virus carriers still not cooperating, still running around and potentially spreading virus. This is the main reason why the virus is not contained.

    An effective government should be on first day of MCO to announce more powerful measures such as:
    (1) Immediate contact the name appears in the chain to ask them to turn themselves in.
    (2) If unable to contact them, publish their name in media, asking people around them to help to inform or locate them.
    (3) If after 7 days, they still don’t turn themselves in, put them in red list, use more drastic measures to retrieve these red list people, such as:
    a) Award informer for reporting them, or potential contacted/infected person.
    b) Fine them RM1,000 every 3 days until they turn themselves in.
    c) During this period, fine them RM2,000 for every person they infected.
    d) Fine is necessary, unless they able to proof that they are unaware of they being wanted.

    Currently, government seems to be distracted, they seem to be put too much focus in movement control and on punishing general public, which 99.9% of us are not virus carriers. I know this is necessary, however, more efforts should be on locating these chain of virus carriers, government should also set KPI for themselves on this.

    If we look at the MoH published figures, we know that only a small portion of the cases are from unidentified clusters and chains. Identified clusters and chains are the main culprits in virus spreading, as it already reaches 5th generation.

    Government really need to do their job right, use creative way to contain the virus, focus on the right area; or else, I afraid MCO will keep being extended.

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