KUALA LUMPUR – The government explained that there is no need to implement the Movement Control Order (MCO) or lockdown despite the escalating cases of Covid-19.
Minister at Prime Minister’s Department (Special Functions), Datuk Seri Mohd. Redzuan Md. Yusof said that the reimplementation of MCO would give a negative impact to mental health and the economy.
At the same time, the country is at a recovery and exit policy stage, besides implementing fixed standard operating procedures (SOP).
“The national crisis management mechanism has successfully controlled the spread of Covid-19 and avoid health facilities such as the hospitals and clinics from being burdened by overly high cases.
“If we implement a total lockdown, it would give a negative impact to the mental health and economy,” he said during the Dewan Rakyat sitting at the Parliament today, answering the question from Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim (BN-Arau) on why the government did not implement the MCO now although the country is laden with the escalation of Covid-19 cases.
Mohd. Redzuan said, the government has made a balanced control through prevention approach by practising and cultivating the new normal of living and social distancing.
He said, the government implemented the MCO in the past as the government has yet to fine tune the appropriate method to overcome the spread of Covid-19.
“At that time, the government was in a work in progress phase in studying standard operating procedures (SOP) which could be used in conducting activities which could provide a balance in the economic, physical and social activities,” he said. –MalaysiaGazette