Economic sector reopens on 4 May

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Some business premises operate at the Petaling Street in Kuala Lumpur during the Movement Control Order (MCO). PIX: IQBAL BASRI / MalaysiaGazette / 16 APRIL 2020 Economic sector
Some business premises operate at the Petaling Street in Kuala Lumpur during the Movement Control Order (MCO).PIX: IQBAL BASRI / MalaysiaGazette / 16 APRIL 2020

By Mohd Zaini Samsu Hadi

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia is suffering a loss of about RM2.4 billion each day throughout the Movement Control Order (MCO).

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said, the total number of loss estimated so far is about RM63 billion. If the MCO is to be extended for another month, the country will suffer another blow of RM35 billion, thus, it will be losing RM98 billion in total.

“At the same time, many people are concerned about MCO being lifted. What will happen to our efforts of breaking the Covid-19 chain?

“The virus is still out there. Although the new Covid-19 cases is getting lower, there is still a risk for the escalation of infection rate.

“Many will go out to work and move from one place to another. Therefore, does it means that the Covid-19 outbreak will infect us again?” he said during a special Labour’s Day address broadcasted live on national television.

According to Muhyiddin, he had discussed the matter during the Economic Action Council Meeting, the National Security Council Meeting and the Cabinet Ministers’ Meeting.

He said, the government is seeking ways to balance the needs to recover the national economic and to contain the Covid-19 outbreak.

He said, at the advice of the Ministry of Health (MOH) based on the data they compiled and the best practices by the World Health Organization (WHO), the government has decided to reopen the economic sector with caution by implementing strict health SOP.

“Beginning 4 May 2020, almost all economic sector and business activities will be allowed to operate, depending on the terms and conditions and SOP determined by the authorities.

“I say, almost all, as there are several categories of industry and businesses which will not be allowed to operate.

“Those are businesses or activities which involve mass assembly and body contacts where social distancing would be difficult to implement,” he explained.

Muhyiddin also provided examples on the businesses which would not be allowed to operate, such as, the cinemas, karaoke, reflexology, entertainment centres, night clubs, theme parks, Ramadan Bazaar, Aidilfitri Bazaar, sales carnival and all forms of conferences and exhibitions. -MalaysiaGazette

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