Special team to monitor CMCO compliance

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The consumers are asked to queue up according to social distancing recommendation before entering the Chow Kit Market during the Movement Control Order (MCO) to curb the spread of Covid-19 in Malaysia. PIX: AFFAN FAUZI / MalaysiaGazette / 27 MARCH 2020 Conditional Movement Control Order CMCO Compliance Operation task force
The consumers are asked to queue up according to social distancing recommendation before entering the Chow Kit Market during the Movement Control Order (MCO) to curb the spread of Covid-19 in Malaysia. PIX: AFFAN FAUZI / MalaysiaGazette / 27 MARCH 2020

By Manzaidi Mohd Amin

KUALA LUMPUR – The government has set up a special Compliance Operation task force to monitor and enforce the SOP compliance on the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) nationwide today.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster), Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, 14 government agencies have been entrusted by the Ministry of Health to enforce the CMCO compliance.

Among the agencies involved are the police, Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF), Malaysia Civil Defence Force (APM), Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela), Immigration, Public Works Department (JKR), Road Transport Department (JPJ), National Security Council (MKN) and the Department of Labour (JTK).

Besides that, the Department Of Occupational Safety And Health Malaysia (DOSH), Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture and the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) will also be involved in the operation.

“The number of members in the special task force will be expanded such as the Malaysian Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB).

“All District Police Chiefs have set up the CMCO Compliance Team at the district level. Its permanent members are the police, MAF, Rela and APM. Meanwhile, the local authorities (PBT) will also be added to the team.

“The approach that we will be taking is to provide advice to the public and industry sector. The team will also give warnings if they found non-satisfactory compliance,” he said during a news conference at Putrajaya today.

However, according to Ismail Sabri, if an individual or industry sector fail to comply with the regulations after being advised and given warning, the CMCO Compliance Team will take actions under the provisions of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342).

Commenting on the first day of CMCO implementation yesterday, he said that the government is satisfied with the SOP compliance and self-regulation shown by the public and premise owners.

He said, although many people, including himself were worried about the possibility of chaos on in the beginning, the actual situation proved the opinion wrong.

“Alhamdullilah (Praise God), reports from the police stated that despite there was an increment of the vehicles on the road, the situation was still under control.

“Most of the premise owners complied to the SOP such as body temperature checks, hand sanitisation of the customers who enter their premises. Furthermore, some shopping centres also controlled the number of people who entered their premises.

“The public also complied to the rules such as queueing up to enter premises and wore face masks. The same went with the public transport. Passengers practiced social distancing,” he said.

Ismail Sabri said, all those showed that the people are practicing the new normal which has become their culture.

He said, he could not imagine how the government was going to implement the CMCO when the people who had be cooped up at home were suddenly ‘released’.

“It would definitely be a chaos when people go out in mass, but, Alhamdullilah (Praise God), everything was under control.

“The people continue to practice self-control for their own health and if this is continued, I am confident that the government can control the spread of Covid-19.

“Therefore, the government would like to thank the people for being able to self-regulate to ensure that the Covid-19 can be blocked. The same goes to the premise owners who start to comply with the SOP,” he added. -MalaysiaGazette

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