KUALA LUMPUR – Based on the data from the Ministry of Health (MOH), renowned scientist, Professor Emeritus Dr. Lam Sai Kit said that Malaysia needs to extend its Movement Control Order (MCO).
Sai Kit, who made his name after a research which found the Nipah virus said that the MCO needs to be extended to assist the government in tracking infection clusters and do more screening.
“We must all oblige to the government’s decision if MCO is extended.
“We can see many Malaysians are returning to the country including those from Singapore. Therefore, MCO cannot be ended just like that,” he was quoted speaking to the China Press.
He said, Malaysia could ‘fall’ like Japan and South Korea if the MCO is ended hastily.
According to him, since the infection source is limited to several clusters, thus, the community infection is not very high. Therefore, more effective prevention measures can be taken.
“These measures include social distancing, practice personal hygiene, frequently washing hands, wear face mask in public places, closure of schools and non-essential services, work from home and a ban to all assemblies,” he said.
The Academy of Medicine of Malaysia also recommended by the MCO to be extended to that all previous efforts will not go to waste.
The academy also warned against important festive celebrations such as the Aidilfitri and the Harvest Festival in Sabah and Sarawak which involve assembly and visiting, thus, increasing the risk of infection.
Former Deputy Minister of Health, Dr Lee Boon Chye when contacted by China Press said that the government could loosen the control in stages according to services and area.
He said, some leniency could be given to lower risk services such as car workshops, small factories and hardware as not many people would gather there.
“Before being allowed to operate, they need to take preventive measures such as screening their employee’s temperature, practice social distancing while at work and do disinfection at their work place.
“Customers also need to register themselves,” he said. -MalaysiaGazette